In Memory of
Army Private
Raymond O. Bunney
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Butte County
October 16, 1923 February 26, 1945
Killed in Action in the Philippine Islands

Raymond O. Bunney

Raymond O. Bunney was born in Beulah, Wyoming, on October 16, 1923, the son of John and Loretta (Evans) Bunney.  He went to elementary school in a little school west of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Raymond then went to high school in Lead, South Dakota, until 1939 and to Belle Fourche High School from 1940 to 1942. Bunney was a great football player and lettered for three years. When he finished school, Raymond went to San Diego, California, for awhile and then came back to Belle Fourche.

When he returned, Raymond volunteered for the Army paratroopers on August 7, 1943. He took his basic training in North Carolina and was later sent to the South Pacific in May of 1944. He fought several battles before Corregidor in the Philippines, where he was killed in action, as was his whole squad, on February 26, 1945, by an explosion caused by the Japanese. After the war his remains were brought back to Pineslope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, and he was reburied on October 22, 1948.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jodi Forgey, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 12, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by The War Years  by Peggy Davis and Billie Jane Hamblin.