Fallen Marineâs heroism recognized Submitted by: MCB Quantico Story Identification #:200639134816 Story by Pvt. Andrew Keirn ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 9, 2006) -- A solemn ceremony to dedicate a building honoring Cpl. Dale A. Burger Jr. was held March 1 at the Marine Detachment, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools here. Officers of Burgerâs former command spoke on the leadership and selfless actions Burger exuded while leading Marines in Iraq. His mother was presented Burgerâs Silver Star for his heroic actions that ultimately led to his death. Burgerâs Marine Corps career began on Parris Island, S.C. He completed his basic and infantry training and was then stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines Regiment. Before deploying to Iraq, Burger completed mountain warfare training in California. During the training, several Marines succumbed to hypothermia. Burger selflessly used his own body heat to raise the body temperatures of the other Marines until he too required medical attention. For his heroic actions during the training, Burger was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. While in Iraq during the second battle of Fallujah, Burgerâs battalion was involved in intense house-to-house fighting. Burgerâs squad leader was injured during the fighting, and Burger stepped up to assume the squad leaderâs duties. While leading an assault against a fairly large group of insurgents held up in a building, he was wounded and evacuated for medical treatment. Three days later, Burger volunteered to return to his Marines and continue to fight by their side despite his injuries. Burger was so eager to return to his Marines, he showed up with no gear and no weapon. He had just caught the first ride he could to meet up with the rest of his platoon, said Maj. Brett Clark, Burgerâs former company commander. After returning, Burgerâs platoon was involved in yet another firefight, during which he came upon three critically wounded Marines. Inside a house, numerous insurgents were barricaded behind fortified positions, keeping the Marines pinned down and not allowing other leathernecks to advance and save the injured Marines. Burger showed remarkable heroism and valor by charging into the house to recover the fallen Marines, according to his Silver Star citation. While returning fire, Burger was mortally wounded by an insurgentâs bullet. Martina C. Burger, said that she knew her son was the type of person who would have acted that way. âEverything I heard today was nothing new,â said Martina Burger. âItâs what I expected from him.â Martina Burger knew her son was a very compassionate person. He used to follow her to Meals on Wheels to help deliver food for the needy on Christmas morning while his sisters were opening gifts. âI knew that there was something exceptional about this young man, but I didnât know how exceptional until I heard about everything he had done in Iraq,â Martina Burger said. She said her son was a humble man. He probably would have been embarrassed to see the ceremony in his honor. âHeâs probably saying, âTheyâre making too much of nothing because I was just doing my job,ââ she said. âThis is a great honor to our family. Itâs been really hard. When youâre son dies, itâs like your heart gets ripped apart.â Clark spoke at the ceremony about the actions of Burger. He spoke to the audience of Burgerâs exceptional leadership and sacrifice. âHe was a fantastic Marine, and thatâs an understatement,â Clark said. âIt was my honor to serve with him."