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|148k||Kenneth Cecil Bunch was born on 21 January 1919 in Norman County, Minn. and enlisted in the Navy at Des Moines, Iowa, on 09 March 1937. He received his "boot camp" training
at San Diego, Calif. Rated as seaman 2d class on 09 July 1937, Bunch was transferred to Scouting Squadron (VS) 42 ten days later. He remained with that unit in the years that followed, attaining
the rate of radioman 2d class on 16 November 1940. With the extension of his enlistment on 09 March 1941, Bunch was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, Va., on 29 August 1941 where
he joined VS-8, of the then-forming USS Hornet (CV 8) Air Group, soon thereafter. While in that squadron, he attained the rate of aviation radioman 1st class on 01 March 1942.|
On 06 June 1942, the last day of the Battle of Midway, Bunch flew as radioman-gunner in the Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" dive bomber piloted by Ens. Donald T. Griswold, USNR, as the Hornet air group joined in the attacks on the fleeing Japanese cruisers Mogami and Mikuma. Antiaircraft fire claimed Griswold's SBD-3, the only airplane lost by VS-8 that day, and it crashed, killing both the pilot and his radioman. For his contribution to victory at Midway, ARM1c Bunch was posthumously awarded the Air Medal.
USS Bunch (DE 694) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site:Find A Grave, Memorial #80335300)
Click on photo acknowledgement link (above) for an expanded "Find A Grave" biography of ARM1c Bunch by Gerry Lawton, Commander, USN (ret.)
|440k||25 July 1943: The future USS Bunch underway a month before her commissioning.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-694 19-N-91200 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of Chris Wright)
|348k||25 July 1943: Lake Huron, off Michigan - The future USS Bunch running builders' trials on Lake Huron. She had been built by Defoe, at Bay City, Michigan.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-91201 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
04 April 1944: Brooklyn, N. Y. - Three views of USS Bunch (DE 694) taken at the New York Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photos #1.) 19-N-65670, #2.) 19-N-65669, and #3.) 19-N-65668 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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|View the USS Bunch (DE 694 / APD 79) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Bunch's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 21 Aug. 1943 - 29 Jun. 1944||Lcdr. Albert Alexander Campbell, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 29 Jun. 1944 - 15 Aug. 1945||Lt. Benjamin Dwight Hyde, USNR|
|3.) 15 Aug. 1945 - 26 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. John Reginald DeSibour, USNR|
|4.) 26 Aug. 1945 - 31 May 1946||Lcdr. Edward Wood Donnally, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Indian River, Fla.)|
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