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  • Date of Birth:6/27/1927
  • Date of Casualty:8/28/1962
  • Home of Record:PANAMA
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  • State:ZZ
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row: 1E, 10
  • Casualty Province:BA XUGEN


is honored on Panel 1E, Row 11 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Final Mission of CAPT William R. Bunker III

    Posted on 8/3/15 - by
    On July 16, 1962, CAPT William R. Bunker III, USAF, was a pilot from the 1173rd Special Activities Squadron, Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), was killed when a troop-laden Vietnamese air force transport C-47 caught fire and crashed on takeoff at Kontum airport, 260 miles northeast of Saigon, near a guerilla-infested region close to the Laos border. The crash killed 22 Vietnamese troopers. CAPT Bunker, the only American aboard, was assisting as a flight instructor. There were four survivors, all Vietnamese. [Chicago Daily Tribune, July 17, 1962]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain William Reuben Bunker III, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 4/25/12 - by Ron McCoy
  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. William Reuben BUNKER III, USAF...who died for our country!

    Posted on 5/11/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/6/11 - by Robert Sage
    William is buried at Davilla Cemetery, Davilla, Milam County,TX.
  • On Silver Wings

    Posted on 7/16/07 - by Dave Avery
    On Silver Wings
    They Flew The Skies
    These Brave Young Men
    Who Fought And Died
    When Duty Called
    They Went So Brave
    Now Families Mourn
    Beside Their Grave
    Who Can Forget
    What Courage They Had
    Some Have,Some Did
    And That's So Sad
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 7/27/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 7/16/03 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8
  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/31/03 - by Kristin Zimmerman
    You didn't even know me and I didn't even know you but yet we have something in common ~ the United States of America and our freedoms. You fought and died for me and our country. Your blood, your sweat, and your tears were shed for a specific purpose and with that I wanted to say, "Thank you."

The Wall of Faces

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