Frank J. Brunk, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Frank J. Brunk
Staff Sergeant, 17th Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, US Army Air Force
Date of Birth: March 16, 1923
Date of Death: June 8, 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (bombing mission, New Guinea)
Date of Enlistment: October 30, 1942
Monument: Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Philippines
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Hometown: Chesterton

Newspaper Notices:

Frank Brunk Dies In Action

CHESTERTON, Ind. June 26 -- Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brunk, of Chesterton, received word this morning in a wire from the War Department that their son, Staff Sergeant Frank Brunk, 20, was killed in action June 8 while on duty in the New Guinea area.

Sgt. Brunk was a radio operator on a reconnaissance plane, and had been overseas about three months. He was home on furlough the last time earlier this year before leaving for duty overseas.

A graduate of Chesterton high school, he was a veteran of two years' service in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He had received his first training at Scott Field, Illinois.

The youth is survived by his parents and a sister, Barbara.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 26, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 5

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brunk, of Chesterton, have received a Distinguished Flying Cross awarded posthumously to their son, S/Sgt. Frank Brunk, of the U. S. Army Air Corps. Sgt. Brunk died of wounds received on June 8, 1944, when a B-24 bomber of which he was an aerial gunner was shot down during an attack on a heavy Japanese cruiser in the New Guinea area. Some time ago the parents received a Purple Heart which was awarded to Sgt. Brunk. 
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; March 29, 1945; Volume 18, Page 2, Column 5, and Page 6, Column 1


In memory of the supreme sacrific made by the late Frank Brunk, a painting has been presented to the local high school by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brunk. It is an excellent copy of "Coast of Monterey" by Wood, 24x36 inches, and will hang in the school library.

Staff Sgt. Frank Brunk gave his life for his country in the southwest Pacific in the New Guinea area while on a reconnaissance or bombing mission June 8, 1944. He was a radio operator and gunner of a bomber crew, enlisting in the air corps in October, 1942. He was a graduate of the high school in 1941 and was born March 16, 1923.

The picture was formally accepted at a convocation this afternoon.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; February 28, 1947; Volume 20, Number 201, Page 3, Column 4

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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