|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1942|
KENNETH CECIL BUNCH
Aviation Radioman, 1/c
Husband of Loila Mae Bunch.
Parents of three children.
Overseas with Dolittle's first Bomber Crew over Tokyo.
"Kenneth Cecil Bunch was born on 21 January 1919 in Norman County, Minn. He enlisted in the United States Navy at Des Moines, Iowa, on 9 March 1937 and received his "boot camp" training at San Diego, Calif. Rated as seaman 2d class on 9 July 1937, Bunch was transferred to Scouting Squadron (VS) 42 ten days later. He remained with that unit in the years that followed, attaining the rate of radioman 2d class on 16 November 1940. With the extension of his enlistment on 9 March 1941, Bunch was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, Va., on 29 August 1941 where he joined VS-8, of the then-forming Hornet (CV-8) Air Group, soon thereafter. While in that squadron, he attained the rate of aviation radioman 1st class on 1 March 1942.
On 6 June 1942, the last day of the Battle of Midway, Bunch flew as radioman-gunner in the Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" dive bomber piloted by Ens. Donald T. Griswold, USNR, as the Hornet air group joined in the attacks on the fleeing Japanese cruisers Mogami and Mikuma. Antiaircraft fire claimed Griswold's SBD-3, the only airplane lost by VS-8 that day, and it crashed, killing both the pilot and his radioman. For his contribution to victory at Midway, ARM1c Bunch was posthumously awarded the Air Medal."
Decorations: Purple Heart, Air Medal for heroism in Midway battle.
On May 29, 1943, a destroyer escort was named the U.S.S. Bunch at Bay City, Michigan in his honor. As a member of the Pacific Fleet, the USS Bunch was a major participant in the landings at Okinawa and the Kerama Islands.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Maintained by: K L Bonnett
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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