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  • Date of Birth:5/13/1919
  • Date of Casualty:7/15/1962
  • Home of Record:WALLINGTON
  • County of Record:BERGEN COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:COL
  • Panel/Row: 1E, 11
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:6/27/1927
  • Date of Casualty:8/28/1962
  • Home of Record:PANAMA
  • County of Record:
  • 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.
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