George Otto Bjarke: An American hero

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By Carol A. Clark

Veterans Day is a time to commemorate men and women who died while serving America in times of war. Those who gave their lives and those fortunate enough to come home deserve respect and gratitude for their sacrifices.  


 The stories of these brave men and women vary and each is a treasure to their families and friends.


One of these stories has a place in Los Alamos history. George Otto Bjarke was one of five children who grew up in Tacoma, Wash.


His parents were immigrants from Denmark and wanted a good life for their children, said Bjarke’s daughter,  Judy Bjarke  McKenzie of Los Alamos.  


“They were hard working people who taught their children to be hard workers as well,” she said.


Bjarke enlisted in the army during WWII and was sent to fight in Europe. His two brothers were serving in the military as well, said son Don Bjarke of Los Alamos.


“My father was part of the troops in the Battle at Normandy and witnessed the brutality of that memorable time,” he said. “He spent most of his service in France and Germany and the Battle of the Bulge was one of his final experiences there.”


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