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Paul Delmont Bunker

Date of birth: May 7, 1881
Date of death: KIA (As a POW): September 7, 1943
Home of record: Los Angeles California
Status: POW

Paul Bunker graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1903. He died in captivity as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese during World War II.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Colonel (Coast Artillery Corps) Paul Delmont Bunker (ASN: 0-1897), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, at Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands, from 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942. As Commander of the Seaward Defenses of Manila Bay, Colonel Bunker constantly maintained his command in a state of instant readiness to repel hostile naval attack. In addition to the normal function of the weapons of his command he repeatedly engaged hostile land targets on both shores of Manila Bay, contributing materially to the defensive operations of the mobile land forces. Colonel Bunker displayed courageous and incessant devotion to duty in directing the activities of his batteries and in supervising the immediate repair of damage inflicted by enemy bombardment. His inspiring leadership maintained superior morale and efficiency in his command throughout the campaign.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 8 (1944)

Action Date: December 8, 1941 - May 6, 1942

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

Colonel (Coast Artillery Corps) Paul Delmont Bunker (ASN: 0-1897), United States Army, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death in captivity on or about 7 September 1943.

Action Date: May 6, 1942 - September 7, 1943

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)