Black Creek Army reservist says Iraqis are much like Americans
by Daniel LeBlanc
The Times Herald, Olean, NY, June 30, 2005
There is no place like home, especially when you have been stationed in Iraq for nearly six months.
Those were the thoughts of Spc. Angela Burdick, an Army reservist who is home in Black Creek on leave for a few weeks. Stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, which is just north of Baghdad, life is very different in the Middle East, said Spc. Burdick.
One of the biggest differences is the landscape of Iraq, which is mostly desert with little vegetation.
“It’s the total opposite of home,” she said. “I didn’t realize how different it was over there until I came back and saw the grass and trees. It’s quite a culture shock.”
While the terrain of Iraq is very different, the people of Iraq had many similarities, she said. “People don’t realize how much they are like us,” Spc. Burdick said. “Their culture is beautiful.” Spc. Burdick said she was surprised that people would come up and ask what Eminem rap songs she knew.
“The kids there are just like American children — they are just more unfortunate” due to wide-spread poverty.
Even though most people have accepted the American presence, Ms. Burdick said, others have not been so friendly.
“In some areas people love us, in others, they throw rocks at us,” she said. Other times, some Iraqis use more deadly tactics.
When she was first stationed in Iraq in January, her unit had to make a three-day drive to Tikrit. After driving through Baghdad, she and her fellow troops were told that the mayor of Baghdad had been assassinated that day.
The troops in Iraq have to be on constant alert, she added. The first day she was in Tikrit, the Army air support base came under mortar attack. Spc. Burdick said she could feel the impact of the blast as it knocked her to the ground. At first she said thought it was an earthquake. Since then, that kind of attack has became a common occurrence.
With an increasing demand for more military personnel in Iraq, Spc. Burdick said women have played an increasingly important role. Female military personnel are “out there every day with the guys,” she said. “A lot of people think that women are not out there (in combat), but they are.” Spc. Burdick is trained to use a M-240 Bravo machine-gun. Her responsibilities include aircraft refueling, driving trucks and keeping track of personnel transfers and promotions. She added that she has the same job as Jessica Lynch, the private who was taken prisoner by Iraqi forces during the initial invasion of Iraq.
She has traveled to many parts of Iraq and Kuwait. “My commander allows me to travel all over and check up on the troops.”
Spc. Burdick is part of the HSC 642nd DASV unit out of Brooklyn. Spc. Burdick joined the National Guard shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
She added that she was “happy to go to Iraq” and plans to re-enlist when her contract is up.
1500 Mile Bike-A-Thon
by Bob Weaver
Hur Herald, Hur, WV, August 23, 2005
"The light which no darkness can quench."
These words of Helen Keller, must have inspired David Burdick recently as he pedaled his way toward completing a 1500 mile bike-a-thon for National Camps for Blind Children. Recently retired from the U.S. Navy, Submarine Service, he was able to find time to do the bike-a-thon.
David, a nephew of Jeanne and 'Kitty' Wilson of Grantsville, rode his bicycle, pulling a cart to Washington D.C. and back to Georgia to raise funds for the blind.
David began his adventure June 5, 2005. He camped a lot, sometimes in Seventh Day Adventist churchyards. He also stayed with Adventist families, some he had never met before. He saw friends he hadn't seen in years. He met new people, attracting attention as he traveled alone pulling his cart with a sign on the back, hand made by his daughter Betania.
He shared with them the mission of Camps for Blind Children/Adults and collected pledges and donations along the way. He reached the half way point of his goal, Washington D.C. June 20th and then stopped at Falls Church, Virginia for a family celebration before starting back to Georgia.
It was literally an up hill battle, or so it seemed to David. He fought wind all the way back because of the hurricanes and it seemed like he was riding his bicycle up hill all the way. He made it to his home July 9th, "rescued" about 100 miles from Kingsland by a friend who took David, and his "rig" the rest of the way home.
"All around it was a good experience," David said. In spite of a few frustrations such as being given the wrong directions, traveling 20 miles out of his way or trying to find the local library to send an e-mail, and being told by several people that they didn't know if their town had a library. He's ready to try another bike-a-thon sometime in the future. He has definitely decided it would be without pulling the cart. "Maybe someone like 'Dad' could provide a support car," said David.
National Camps for the Blind is a Seventh Day Adventist ministry. It is affiliated with Christian Record Services which has been serving the blind since 1899 and began as the publication The Christian Record.
Austin O. Wilson, a legally blind young man in his early 20s, was concerned about the lack of Christian reading material available for the blind. He decided to try an experiment. Taking a clothes wringer, he modified it to accommodate two metal plates with a sheet of heavy paper between them. As the plates were squeezed through the wringer, the raised dots on the plates made an impression on the paper, producing one page of a Braille magazine he entitled the Christian Record ... Excerpt courtesy of www.christianrecord.org
The Christian grew and later services were added. It became Christian Record Services and is now an international organization serving in 80 countries. The services are free to all who qualify because of visual disability. Some of these services include; an extensive library in Braille, audio cassette, other publications also in Talking Books and large print, education in conquering disabilities, spiritual guidance, scholarships for college education and of course Camps for the Blind. They are now all across the country in 24 locations.
At the Camps, the kids don't have to sit on the sidelines while their siblings and friends have all the fun. Instead they are challenged to participate in the activities. These are just some of the activities; horseback riding, hot air ballooning, skiing, back packing, snowmobiling, ice skating, beeper baseball, music, crafts, using tools, working with computers, and a whole lot more. Some of these activities would challenge anyone! The Camps have been really popular and now include adults.
Helen Keller received Christian Record Services and in 1911 wrote a letter of appreciation to them. An excerpt from her letter reads, "I rejoice in the encouragement which you have given the blind to be as self supporting as possible. Yes, work which they can do and do well, and in a noble spirit, is the best way to worship God and to serve their fellow man." Anyone wishing to donate to Camps for Blind children/Adults may contact:
Camps for Blind Children/Adults
PO Box 6097 Lincoln Nebraska 68506-0097
Phone: 402 488 0981 Fax: 402 488 7582
Readers of this Newsletter have helped Maureen LaBranche (firstname.lastname@example.org) before. Perhaps you can help again. She has located a possible link for Nathaniel Burdick (1812, Columbia County, NY) but still can't make a direct connection. She has found some other "branches" that may help. Seymour WILKINSON (1850) and Edward SMITH (1863) both married Burdick women in Columbia County, whose father was John Wesley Burdick. He died 1903 in Crayville, NY and his parents were Nathaniel and Polly Burdick in Claverack, NY. Any information or suggestions on where to gather information would be appreciated.
Robin Burdick (email@example.com) is also in need of some help. She is trying to find someone related to her husband, Bernard Bart Burdick, who was born 8-8-1922 in Oakland, CA. His father was Bernard Bart Burdick Sr. and his mother was Freda Noli Burdick, born in New York; both parents were born in the late 1800s or early 1900s. His grandfather was Orie Burdick, a barber in San Francisco, CA. The only other info Robin has is that her husband's grandmother's sister (Hattie Harris) lived in Enid, OK during World War II.
Patricia Mulleneaux (firstname.lastname@example.org) is still looking for information on a Burdick family that lived in South Dakota and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specifically, the family of Milton Harry Burdick who was born in PA in 1863 and died in 1929, Ramsey County, MN. He was married to Ella Haley, who died in Minneapolis. They had 6 children: Forest (b. S. Dakota 1890); Thomas (born S. Dakota 1892); Mary (b. S.Dakota 1895); Harry (b. S. Dakota 1901; Lester (B. 1904, died 1975 in Chicago), and Lawrence (b. 1909, died 1959 in MN). Does anyone know more?
Julie Nathanson (email@example.com) is researching her husband's family. Asa Sheldon Briggs married Mary C. Burdick, born July 8, 1827, died 1909. They are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI. Julie is having trouble finding Mary's parent's names. She has seen a reference to the mother being Mary "Polly" Burdick, born Nov. 29, 1800, parents Thompson Burdick and Amey Sisson. This Mary, the potential mother, was married to Sands Palmer. Interestingly, Mary and Sands are buried near Mary C. and Asa Sheldon. If Mary and Sands are Mary C. Burdick's parents, why would her last name not be Palmer? Can anyone help?
Connye LaCombe (firstname.lastname@example.org) is working on a line of Burdicks that went from Connecticut to Plattsburgh, NY. She is still looking for the link between Lester Jason Burdick and Robert. In New York she found that Lester Jason bought land from Wait Burdick and that they lived near McIntyres (Stephen McIntyre is Lester Jason's son). Does anyone know if Wait might possibly have been Lester Jason's father? There was a family of Waits who lived on one of the islands in the Hudson (Wait Bay is named after them) and it is possible that a Burdick married a daughter of the Wait's , hence the first name Wait. At any rate, Connye could not find any other information in Plattsburgh because few records were kept at that time in the wilderness that was Plattsburgh. She welcomes any information that might shed light on her quest for a connection to Robert.
Linda Denz (email@example.com) is a Burdick looking for information on her family. Her father was Joesph Clifford Burdick (or perhaps Clifford Joseph Burdick) born on 10-28-29 or 10-29-28. Linda does not know much about him, other than that he is from a family of 10 children and his mother died when he was about 2 years of age. It appears this family may have been from the Des Moines, Iowa area. One sister was named Mary and two brothers were named James and Jack. Does anyone know more or can you give Linda any ideas on where to start?
Irwin Baker's (IB77@aol.com) grandfather, William Kingman, was born in Lewis, NY in 1873. His Great Grandfather was Nelson Kingman born in Lewis, NY about 1840 and fought in the Civil War for the 96th NY. A census listing show his parents were William Kingman, born in Scotland about 1784, and Hannah Burdick, born about 1794. An obituary of Stephen Kingman, who died in 1915 at 90 years, appears to be Nelsons' brother. The obituary goes on to say that he was the son of William Kingman and Hannah Burdick who were married in Peru, NY. the obit also states that William fought for the British in the war of 1812. Does anyone know more?
Anthony Robert Flores (firstname.lastname@example.org) is seeking the family of his mother, Mary Eileen Burdick. She passed away when Anthony was young. His father is Rene Flores. Anthony was born November 24, 1982 at the Marin Gerneral Hospital in San Rafael, California when his mother was 23 years old. Anthony's mother's brothers were all tall, like him, and Anthony has green eyes, which he understands he inherited from his mother. Mary Burdick was blond and passed away in or around the city of San Rafael. The family used to live in the city of Greenbrae. Anthony's grandparents may still live in San Francisco and his mother could be buried there. If you have any information that would help, please write! It would mean a lot.
Rosaleen Hainsworth (email@example.com) is searching for information about ELIZABETH S BURDICK from MYSTIC, CT who was alive in 1935 and is related to NELLIE PERO whose husband is NICK. (Witnesses: TYLER Joseph G, Mystic, CT and STINSON JB - Mystic, CT). Both Elizabeth & Nellie are related to Anne Connell Pflaumer from Willimantic, Windham, CT., who was originally from outside Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Ireland. Other related names: Jennie Thompson, Baral Minerva, Dillon Mary, McGovern Nellie, O'Connells from East Hampton, CT, Sullivans. If anyone can relate to the above please email Rosaleen.
Penny Orcutt-Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to pass along word of her brother, Thomas William Orcutt, who died Sept. 1 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He is the son of Clarence W. Orcutt and Doris Ruth Lacey, grandson of Stanley Lacey and Esther Marie Erickson and great-grandson of William Lacey and Mae (Elizabeth) Burdick from Perrysburg, NY. Thomas was born June 17, 1941 served in the United States Army in Okinawa and was involved with the Department of Defense. He married Kathy Rossman and had one son, Scott Thomas Orcutt, and an adopted son, David John Rossman-Orcutt.
David Kendall Martin (email@example.com) is searching for a picture of his ancestor and namesake, KENDAL BURDICK (1778 Hopkinton, R.I., - 1871 Clifford, Pennsylvania). Does anyone have a suggestion of where David could look for one?
Mary Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org) is seeking information about her great-grandfather, Joseph Ellis Lee (1800-1848) b. Cazenovia, NY. He married Lydia Burdick (1804-1883) b. Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were Rev. Enoch Burdick and Lucy Lawrence; she later married Anson Fuller. Mary has lots of Burdick information but her "brickwall" are the parents of Joseph, Ebenezer Lee and Betsy Janes. Can you help?
Stephanie Crabtree (email@example.com) is searching for her great great grandfather Frank Elmer Burdick. He married Anna Woodbury and one of their children is her Great Grandmother, whom she remembers as Erma, possibly Erminnie, May Burdick.
Joe Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) is involved with the Cleveland Citirama. Eleven builders turned an abandoned block in the Glenville neighborhood into new homes. The house Joe worked on was the only "green" entry, being enviornmentally friendly and energy efficient. Cleveland's Major Campbell was very involved in the project and came to Joe's home. Joe was also on the news promoting the show, his house and the neighborhood. Joe has worked on many houses, but he is most proud of this one. What's more, each house featured a local artist and, you guessed it, this house featured Joe's work: six of his best black and white photographs of the industrial parts of the city (he also snuck in a photo of his daughter!) Keep up the great work, Joe!
Howard and Jane Burdick (Seaburds@aol.com), also known as the SeaBurds, want to let everyone know they are OK after encountering Hurricane Wilma. As you may remember, Howard and Jane make long-distance ocean journeys from their marina base in Stuart, FL. Wilma's high winds caused them the problems you would expect, but no damage to the boat.