|Lt. Gerard Bunce served in Normandy with these men from the 2nd Infantry Division.|
Gerard J Bunce never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on April 18, 1918 in New York. His parents Theodore and Monica had three other sons who all served in the military during World War 2. Gerard spent part of his time growing up in Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and the University of Detroit. He worked as a photographer.
He was drafted into the army in January 1941 and was noted as officer material. He obtained an officer's commission in June 1942. He became a first lieutenant in Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
He was killed in action on July 15, 1944 as the 38th IR was engaged in the Battle of St Lo. At the time of his death he was serving as company commander for Company D. He was awarded the Silver Star for the action that led to his demise. I was unable to find any details about the Silver Star award.
His grave is at Old Saint Michael's Cemetery in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.
Last year on this date I profiled submariner Fraser Knight, USS Bonefish. You can read about Fraser here.
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