Edgar A. "Eddie" Bunker

b. 26 Mar 1925
d. 8 Oct 1951 (in action, Yonchon Korea)


Son of Elisha G. Bunker and Annie (Spurling) Bunker.
Recipient of Korean War Service Medal.
Buried in Bunker Cemetery.


Elisha C. Bunker
Cpl. Edgar A. Bunker

A double funeral service for a son who died last October in Korea and his father who died suddenly Saturday night was held on Great Cranberry Island, Tuesday afternoon.  The father was Elisha C. Bunker, 81 and the son was Cpl. Edgar A. Bunker, 26.

Corporal Bunker was serving with the Fifth Cavalry Division on the eastern front at Youchon, Korea, when he was wounded in action on Oct. 7, 1951.  He died the following day.

Born on Great Cranberry Island March 26, 1925, the son of the late Elisha G. and Annie Spurling Bunker.  Bunker attended the Cranberry Island school and Pemetic High school of Southwest Harbor.  He was a member of the Rockbound grange of Cranberry Island.  He was drafted into the U. S. Army on Sept. 16, 1950 and was graduated from the Chemical Warfare school in Japan in August, 1951.  After his graduation he was sent to active duty in Korea.

He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Ada W. Rice, Mrs. Leona A. MacAllister, Miss Pauline L. Bunker, and Miss Charlene Bunker, two aunts and two nieces, all of Great Cranberry Island.

Elisha G. Bunker died suddenly at his home here Saturday evening.

He was born here on November 26, 1870, the son of William P. and Hannah Gilley Bunker.  He had always made his home here, where he was captain of pleasure yachts, and had conducted a general store for 20 years.

Mr. Bunker is survived by four daughters, two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Spurling and Miss Clara Bunker; and two nieces, all of Great Cranberry Island.

Funeral services for Corporal Bunker and his father were conducted at the Cranberry Island Congregational church on Tuesday by Dr. Charles Cummings of the Bangor Theological seminary.  Interment for both was in the Bunker cemetery on Great Cranberry Island, with military services at the grave for Corporal Bunker by the Eugene M. Norwood Post, No. 169 of the American Legion of Southwest Harbor.

[In the above, in 2 places Elisha is referred to as "Elisha C." and in several other places "Elisha G."  I believe the "G" is correct. -- BK]

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photo courtesy of Ada Rice

Photo courtesy of Priscilla Richardson

Edgar pitches horseshoes as (left to right)
Victor White,
Sawtelle Teel,
Audrey Wallace,
Walter Wallace,
and Elisha Bunker
(Edgar's father) look on.

Photo coutesy of Dorothy Towns

photo courtesy of Ada Rice

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