General Edwin H. Burba, Jr. was born 13 September 1936 in McAlester, Oklahoma, and he now makes his home in McDonough, Georgia. In 1955 he was nominated to attend the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Carl Albert. In 1959 he graduated the Military Academy and reported to the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia where he graduated the Officer Basic Course, Airborne Course, and Ranger Course. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California with a degree in Chinese.
From August 1963 to August 1965 he served in the 1st Special Forces, U.S. Army, Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) and Vietnam. In April 1966 he reported to Fort Benning, Georgia; he retired from the Army in April 1993, but still serves the U.S. Army. He frequently speaks at military benefit functions throughout Georgia and is the current Chairman of the Advisory Board for the development of the Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia.
His medals and decorations include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, 13 Air Medals, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, Army and Air Force Commendation Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Army Staff Identification Badge.