Joe E. Burdick, 86, recently became a great-great-grandfather. On Sunday, June 12, Adelynn Jo Earley was born in Rockville, making the Burdick's a five-generational family.
Joe has one son, two grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
"We're just a plain, ordinary family -- nothing special," Joe said. But Adelynn doesn't know yet how unique it is for her to be the one to make up five generations, and she doesn't yet know the background story of her great-great-grandfather.
Joe grew up in Rockport, Ind., graduating from Rockport High School in 1941.
At the age of 18, Joe was called into service with the Army Air Corps. He served as a radio operator and belly gunner for a B24 Bomber.
"We flew everywhere, from Australia to Okinawa," Joe told The Brazil Times.
At Indiana State University, Joe majored in business and physical education. In 1965, he received his Master's in business administration from ISU after taking night classes for five years.
Joe worked at IBM in Greencastle for nine years until the plant closed. He then worked at Dupont for seven years, until he retired in 1976.
He spent the next 22 years taking care of his wife, Lois (Brown) from Brazil, who he married in 1953. She was at home on disability.
In 1996, Lois died. Later, in September 2001, he remarried Teresa (Hice) from Waltham, Mass. Teresa's husband had flown in the South Pacific with Joe on the B24 Bomber. Her husband had died in 1999.
Joe isn't the only one in his family who has served in the military. His son, Joe, of Rockville, served the Army during two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Germany.
After 10 years of active duty, he signed with the Indiana Army National Guard. After a total of 24 years serving his country, Joe retired as first sergeant.
His son-in-law, Dwayne Barker, was in the Navy for 10 years. He also enlisted in the Indiana National Guard after his time in the Navy. He is now retired as sergeant first class.
"I feel a great deal of pride," said son Joe of being a part of a five-generational family.