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Otto Anthony BUNKERS

Saint Mary's Catholic - Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Otto Bunkers Killed in Action;
Memorial Service Thurs. Sept. 27

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Bunkers received a communication Saturday from the U.S. navy department stating that their son Otto had been killed in action. They had received a message several weeks ago stating that he had been reported missing, and no other details were learned until the letter was received.

The information was written by E. Kyle Jr., Lt., U.S. M., stating that the plane, a B-24, upon which Otto was bombardier, went down off the coast of China.

"He had taken off about 6 a.m. in company of another plane on patrol off the China coast. About 10 a.m. they circled an enemy ship to investigate it. Suddenly the ship opened fire. The plane was hit, beginning to lose altitude and finally crashed. Seven crew members somehow got out. Otto and six others were lost when the plane broke in half and sank in less than a minute."

Otto Bunkers, A.O.M.B. 1-C, was born at Dell Rapids, February 26, 1925. He attended St. Mary's Academy, graduating and receiving his diploma following his enlistment in the navy on December 15th, 1942. He trained at Great Lake station, being assigned to the navy air corps. He continued training at Memphis, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla., before being assigned to active service November 8, 1944.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunkers had three sons in service. Melvin was discharged in August of last year. He lost a foot while serving in Italy. Vincent, who was serving with the navy, was given a medical discharge last November, because of an arm injury.

Otto is survived by his parents, five brothers and one sister, Harold, Melvin, Vincent, Yvo, Terry and Lois.

Memorial service will be held at St. Mary's church on Thursday morning of next week, September 27th at 9 o'clock, conducted by the Rec. Fr. Medicus.

Dell Rapids Tribune Sept. 20, 1945

Contributed on 2/4/11 by dellsfig68
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Submitted: 2/4/11 • Approved: 2/5/11 • Last Updated: 8/13/15 • R100311-G0-S3

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