Paul Delmont Bunker ( Paul Delmont Bunker)

Paul Delmont Bunker

Paul Delmont Bunker (May 7, 1881 – March 16, 1943) was an American football player and soldier. Bunker attended the U.S. Military Academy and became the first football player at West Point to be selected as a first-team All-American by Walter Camp. Bunker was chosen as an All-American at the tackle position in 1901 and repeated as an All-American in 1902, but as a halfback. He served in the U.S. Army for 40 years and was in command of the coastal artillery forces in the Battle of Corregidor. On the fall of Corregidor, Bunker became a prisoner of war. He died of starvation and disease in a Japanese prison camp in 1943 after losing 70 pounds. His posthumously published journal, Paul Bunker’s Diary, became a best-seller. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1944, Paul Bunker was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service at Corregidor. Bunker’s 190-page diary of his time on Corregidor was published posthumously under the title Paul Bunker’s War and became a best-seller. Paul Bunker was honored with burial in the cemetery at West Point. In June 1946, one of the U.S. Army’s coastal artillery batteries located at Fort MacArthur was renamed the Battery Paul D. Bunker, BCN-127 to honor Bunker’s memory. He was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

Born

  • May, 07, 1881
  • USA
  • Alpena, Michigan

Died

  • March, 03, 1943
  • Formosa, Taiwan

Cause of Death

  • starvation and disease

Cemetery

  • United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
  • West Point, New York
  • USA

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