In Memory of
Army Pvt.
Maurice Bunde
Lyons, South Dakota
Perkins County
April 6, 1909 January 7, 1945
Killed in Action in France

Maurice Bunde

Maurice Bunde was born on April 6th, 1909, at Lyons, South Dakota, to Mr. and Mrs. G.O. Bunde. Maurice was raised and educated in the Lyons area, graduating from Lyons High School.

April 8th, 1942, was the date Pvt. Bunde entered the armed services. Up to this time Maurice had farmed in Bison, South Dakota. He received his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Pvt. Bunde then joined the 14th Armored Division and had advanced training at Camp Chaffee and at Camp Campbell in Kentucky. Maurice Bunde was sent overseas on October 14, 1944, landing at Marseilles, France, on October 30th and going immediately to the front-line battle area. Here Pvt. Bunde remained in combat duty until death as part of the 47th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division.

Pvt. Maurice Bunde, who, according to the records of the War Department, had been missing in action for one year and was officially recorded as having died in the service of his country on January 7th, 1945. Maurice was one of the first six men of the 14th Armored Tank Division to lose his life. Pvt. Bunde was a crew member in one of the six tanks left to cover the retreat of his division near Drusenheim, France. His tank was hit and set afire. Maurice Bunde was not seen to have evacuated the tank. Because the enemy occupied the area, no search for him was possible. A friend of Pvt. Bunde, who was also a member of the six tanks, testified that Bunde had not escaped from the flaming tank.

There was a memorial service in Colton, South Dakota on March 24, 1946. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Epinal American Cemetery in Epinal, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Maurice had five sisters: Mrs. John Endahl, Mrs. Selford Starkey Sr., Mrs. Pete Endahl, Mrs. Roy Thompson, and Mrs. Orlen Berg, and three brothers: Theander Bunde, Laurence Bunde, and Melvin Bunde.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jocelyn Moe, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 10, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by Selford Starkey Jr., Rapid City, South Dakota, nephew of Maurice Bunde.