In Memory of
Lyons, South Dakota
April 6, 1909 – January 7, 1945
Killed in Action in France
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
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.
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.