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Robert ‘Buke’ Vierk recognized for military service during Chicago Cubs game

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 11, 2023) – Longtime Lansing resident and business owner Robert “Buke” Vierk was recognized by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley field on Saturday, August 5 for his military service.

As part of a military appreciation moment at Wrigley, the 90-year-old was honored during the second inning of the Cubs game and invited down to the field where he waved animatedly to the crowd as his bio was read by the public address announcer. The bio is included below as it was read:

Ladies and gentlemen … please stand, if you are able, as Boeing and the Cubs recognize from the United States Marines, Corporal Robert “Buke” Vierk.
During his military career, Robert served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Camp Pendleton in California before being deployed to serve overseas with the First Marine Division in Inchon during the Korean War, where he spent 17 months in the alternating roles of battling on the front lines and supervising enemy prisoners. During his tour of duty, he was awarded a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
“Buke” has been a Cubs season ticket holder for over 40 years, and earlier this year, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
Boeing and the Cubs thank Corporal Robert “Buke” Vierk along with all our service men and women for their great service to our country.

The video below shows Vierk being recognized at Wrigley Field:

Vierk served overseas in the Korean War. (Photo provided)
13 members of Vierk’s family came with him to Wrigley Field for his recognition on Saturday, August 5.

In addition to military resumé, Vierk has owned multiple businesses in Lansing and has lived in the village his whole life.

“Buke” is a longtime Chicago Cubs fan and season ticket holder. (Photo provided)

Sitting on the third base side at the game on Saturday, Vierk was joined by his three of his four daughters and 10 other family members.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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