There have been conflicts in the Middle East for centuries. American involvement can be traced to the First Barbary War (1801–1805). The cause of the war was pirates from North African countries, known as the Barbary States, seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom, demanding the U.S. pay tribute to the Barbary rulers. United States President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay this tribute. It was the first military action in foreign lands and seas authorized by the U.S. Congress.
For the purposes of this website, Middle East conflicts include the Gulf War (1990-1991), the Iraq War (2003-2011), and the War in Afghanistan (2001–present). Given that these conflicts are recent or on-going, minimal information about Americans who served is presented. It is the policy of this website to not list information about active military. But you know who you are and all Americans thank you.
The following 2 Burdick family members have fought in conflicts in the Middle East.