Lloyd L. "Scooter" Burke, 74, a retired Army colonel who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in the Korean War and later retired as a congressional liaison, died of a heart attack June 1 at his home in Hot Springs, Ark.
Col. Burke, who served in three wars over 35 years, lived in the Washington area off and on from 1963 to 1988, when he moved from Burke to Alabama.
He won the Medal of Honor for an assault on three North Korean bunkers near the Imjin River in October 1951. Then a first lieutenant, he led his 35-man company under intense fire, killing more than 100 North Koreans himself and suffering wounds in return, according to the Medal of Honor citation.
Col. Burke then made lone charges on two of the bunkers and killed the crews, the citation said. He threw grenades at the third bunker and then tossed back several of the grenades that were hurled at him. His men then overran the position but were pinned down by fire. Col Burke set up a gun, wiped out 75 North Koreans and destroyed two mortar emplacements. He led his men forward and killed 25 of the retreating soldiers. None of his men were killed.
Col. Burke's wartime exploits were featured in an episode of the A&E television series "Heroes" a decade ago.
His other military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, four Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars.
Col. Burke was born in Tichnor, Ark. He was a graduate of Henderson State University. He served in Italy during World War II and in Vietnam as an infantry battalion commander during the Vietnam War. He was severely wounded during that war.
Col. Burke also served in Germany and retired in 1978 as chief Army liaison to the House of Representatives.
After he retired, he was lobbyist for the American Trial Lawyers Association and Sperry Rand Corp.
Later he worked to establish the Korean War Veterans Memorial and participated in the dedication on the Mall.
He was national president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a director of Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield and a member of the Retired Officers Association, First Division Association, Democratic Club, Army Navy Club and Army Navy Country Club.
His marriage to Virginia Fletcher Burke ended in divorce. His second wife, Maxine Hardin Burke, died in the early 1990s.
Survivors include three children from his first marriage, John Gary Burke, Leslie Ann Burke and Lloyd Douglas Burke, all of Springfield; three sisters; and five grandchildren.