Captain Walt Whitman Bundy, Hero In Korean Conflict. A Signal Corps Scout Who Saved His Own Men During An Ambush.

by Daniel Russ on June 10, 2010

Walt W. Bundy

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Signal Corps) Walt W. Bundy (ASN: 0-2053977), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of Detachment E, 205th Signal Repair Company, attached to the 6th Republic of Korea Division, II Corps. Captain Bundy distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Wonju, Korea, on 2 October 1950. Captain Bundy bivouacked his detachment of two officers and seventeen enlisted men in a compound on the outskirts off Wonju near the division command post. At 0100 hours, the area was attacked by a banzai charge of approximately 2400 enemy troops which had apparently been by-passed in the surrounding hills. The position of Captain Bundy’s detachment was discovered by the enemy and the compound was subjected to extremely heavy, direct fire. The enemy troops then launched a frontal assault. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Bundy ordered his detachment to withdraw via the rear wall and seek cover in the hilly terrain outside the compound. Utterly disregarding his own safety Captain Bundy remained in an exposed position near the front entrance to cover the withdrawal. Although he was thus able to save the enlisted men of his unit, he gallantly sacrificed his own life as the enemy stormed into the area in great strength overwhelming him completely.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 35 (January 21, 1951)

Action Date: 2-Oct-50

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Detachment E, 205th Signal Repair Company

Division: 6th Republic of Korea Division (Attached), II Corps


top to bottom, left to right. Distinguished Service Medal; Purple Heart; Bronze Star W/ Oak leaf Cluster ; Silver Star W/ Oak Leaf Cluster

This was my sister-in-law’s Dad. Another forgotten warrior who dies in combat while exhibiting extraordinary feats of bravery; the very definition of selfless. And I might add, he raised a wonderful lady who married my oldest brother Harvey, who is also a wonderful man. And might I add, Harvey is a US Army Veteran. You know, one of those guys who went and swore out an oath to the flag, during a horrific conflict.

Oh, the good die young.



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Harvey June 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks Daniel, words escape me.

Harvey June 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

Now after all these years I understand the 1,000 yard stare Cecile Anderson had. (Whimpy)

Ann (the sister in law) June 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What a great job, thank you Daniel for bringing this great information to the public…

Daniel Russ June 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Thank you Captain Bundy.

Walt Whitman Bundy III (Trey) May 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

This is the grandfather I have known only through the writings about him and the stories told to me by my father.

Daniel Russ May 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

Welcome to CMIG

Charles A. Lewis January 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

He is no longer forgotten! If you will provide more information, photos, etc. it will be added.

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