Bunker, Park George, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1444A-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1970
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Year of Birth
The current guardian of this Remembrance Page is SMSgt Gary Wiesner (Asst. AFTWS Chief Admin).

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This Remembrance Profile was originally created by Sgt Stephen Willcox - Deceased
Casualty Info
Home Town
Homewood, IL
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand and/or Laos

Casualty Date
Dec 30, 1970
KIA-Killed in Action
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 014
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3575th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)Strategic Air Command (SAC)716th Bombardment Group, Heavy449th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
Detachment 1, 56th Special Operations WingCombat Support Units1st Special Operations Squadron22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1963-1964, 3575th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1964-1968, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1964-1968, 1235C, 716th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1968-1968, 449th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1970-1970, Detachment 1, 56th Special Operations Wing
  1970-1970, 432nd Combat Support Group
  1970-1970, 1st Special Operations Squadron
  1970-1970, 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War - Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy2
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  O-2 Skymaster  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1965-1968, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1969-1970, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
  1970-1970, O-2 Skymaster
  1970-1970, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The most detailed description of the incident in which Captain Bunker was killed is at http://www.powerwork.com/bios, though the excerpts are from the book by Christopher Robbins, "The Ravens." I've taken excerpts from those reflected on the website as follows:

"...Just before the new year he (Bunker) flew out to the northern edge of the Plain of Jars, near Roadrunner Lake, to verify a recorded sighting of enemy tanks. Sure enough, he spotted the front of a tank protruding from a group of trees and dropped low for a better look. A rapid-fire 14.5 mm antiaircraft gun - deadly to a height of 4,500 feet - opened up at close range and nailed the engine.

Bunker put out a Mayday call before managing to (maneuver) the O-1 onto a flat area in the middle of a horseshoe formed by a bend in a small river. When Bunker climbed out of the cockpit he found himself in open country...He lowered himself into...a small gully choked with brush...Unknown to him, a large group of NVA soldiers were bivouacked along the bank of a distant treeline that followed the curve in the river. He was surrounded on three sides.

Four Ravens heard the distress call and headed toward the downed plane. Bunker said he was hiding in a gully by the side of the O-1 and was being shot at from three sides. Gunfire could be heard over the radio. It seemed to ...grow louder until Bunker announced he was going to make a run for it.

...the Ravens raced toward the crash site, listening helplessly to (Bunker's) desperate transmissions. When Bunker next came on the radio, he was out of breath. 'They're all shooting at me! I've been hit! I'm hit! I've been hit twice - God, I've been shot five times. I'm not going to make it.

When the first Raven arrived on the scene, Bunker could not be found. One of the Ravens, Chuck Engle, took his plane almost to ground level for a closer look, braving enemy fire. He did see something under a tree, but his aircraft was so badly shot up, he had to return to Long Tieng. A Skyraider pilot volunteered to look, but was met with the same withering fire as Engle had encountered. He confirmed that there was a body under a tree wearing a blood-covered survival vest.

...The growing dark made it impossible to check, and when the Ravens returned the following morning the body had been removed."

As far as I know to date, Captain Bunker's body has not been recovered, though eventually a elderly, former North Vietnamese soldier gave authorities Bunker's identification card and claimed to have helped bury the bodies of Capt Bunker and another pilot in 1970.


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