LTjg Norman Lee Bundy
My name is Robin Skillicorn and I am the grandaughter of Ellen Lawrence Barnes, who was the 1st cousin of Mrs. Gladys Bundy, who was the mother of Norman Lee Bundy. I saw your website and thought I'd send an email regarding the request for further information about Norman.
Just recently I was going thru a box of my late grandma's photos, letters and other mementos and I came across an envelope that contained quite a few things that his mother, Gladys, sent to my grandma. I'm 29 years old and I've grown up hearing about Norman and I've visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. where his name is proudly displayed. All I've ever known is that his plane went down in Vietnam and his body was never recovered, just his helmet and life vest. My grandma and his mother were very close and visited each other and wrote frequently. Anyways, about the envelope I found...... In it I found a letter written to his mother Gladys by the captain of the USS Roosevelt telling her EXACTLY what happend to Norman the day he went down. There was also a letter that Gladys wrote to my grandma telling her what happened and about other things. I also found his Navy photo (of him in his dress blues) and a picture of the wreath that was given to his parents by the Navy.
I would be more than happy to send you a copy of the letter from the captain and his picture. I can either mail it or send it as an attachment with an email. I'm very glad that there are websites and people to help keep these fallen soldiers/sailors/pilots memories alive! We must never forget them! Thank you for putting so much time and heart into running this website!
[Webmaster's Note: Robin provided the above photo and letter]
(Miami FLA) LTjg Bundy was the pilot of an RF-8A conducting a flight over the Gulf of Tonkin on September 6, 1966. Bundy's aircraft crashed about 20 miles east of the city of Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam. Because of the location, it is believed that Bundy was either traveling to or egressing from a combat mission, although his loss is classified as non-combat. It was felt that there was little or no hope that he survived, and Bundy was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered.
Bundy is listed among the missing because his remains were never located to return home. He is among over 2300 still prisoner, missing, or otherwise unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
Norm Bundy was my roommate at Auburn University and a great guy. I still miss him.-- Former Navy LT Hank Miller, VA-152 Spad driver USS Oriskany 1966-67-68
Norm was a good friend through the training command and as we were both doing our thing in respective RAGs at Cecil, he in VF-174, me in VA-44. I was in VA-12 on the FDR, he of course, was in the VFP-62 det. A real heart breaker of a day when we lost him. I am not the type who cries easily, but must admit that I shed more than a few tears during his memorial service. -- photo and memory by Capt Bob Kiem.
[Webmaster's Note: The story of the only VFP-62 Detachment to Vietnam is found on "Vietnam Operations", and a picture of LTjg Bundy, with his Vietnam Detachment Officers, is on "Faces of VFP-62" Page 11 this site.]
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