Gunster, David James, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1968
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
George Washington Memorial Park - Paramus, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
59W 003

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Command)
Sharp Shooter


Recoilless Rifle

Auto Rifle

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1952, Officer Candidate School (OCS) (Lackland AFB, TX), 833
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
3097th Aviation Depot Squadron3575th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)3516th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)376th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium
Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)3rd Air Force335th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyAir Command and Staff College (Student)
USAFE Headquarters1st Air Commando Squadron7th Air Force
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 747, 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron
  1952-1953, 0006, 3575th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1953-1953, 1231C, 3516th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1953-1953, 1231C, 376th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium
  1953-1955, 1231C, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1956-1958, 7024, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1958-1960, 7024, 3rd Air Force
  1960-1963, 1235C, 335th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1964-1965, 1235C, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1965-1967, 1, USAFE Headquarters
  1967-1968, 1115J, 1st Air Commando Squadron
  1968-1968, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1973 Vietnam War1
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State UniversityGeorge Washington University
  1947-1951, Michigan State University
  1963-1965, George Washington University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-54 Skymaster  B-24 Liberator  B-29 Superfortress  KC-97 Stratotanker  
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1945-1946, C-54 Skymaster
  1945-1946, B-24 Liberator
  1953-1968, B-29 Superfortress
  1953-1968, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1960-1968, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1968-1968, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
    Maj. David J. Gunstar Killed In Action on June 6,1968 in Vietnam, when his fighter-bomber was struck by heavy anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing and straffing mission in support of Marine Ground Forces.  He was on his 318th mission and had four more days to go to complete his voluntary combat tour, before taking his new assignment as Plan Directorate at the Pentagon.  During his 18 years of a distinguished military career he was awarded the Silver Star, Distingushed Flying Cross, Air Medal and several other decorations.


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