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