Craig Robertson

Staff member
Joseph Shelby
  • UNIT
4th Raider Battalion
  • RANK
1st Lieutenant
Silver Star
Bairoko Harbour, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, 20th July 1943
born 12.10.1916, Ashford, Alabama, USA
father William Robert Buntin (1882-1933)
mother Olive Mae (nee Kirkland) Buntin (1888-1980)
13.06.1932 entered service
19-30.03.1953 2nd Silver Star Korean War, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Div. (as Major)
28.08.1967 retired as Lieutenant Colonel (32 years service)
1968 moved to Durham, North Carolina
employed as carpet buyer and general manager of Stylecraft Interiors
wife Hilda Louise (nee Dennis) Buntin (1929-2005)
3 daughters (Patricia, Connie and Kim)
died 01.11.1989 (Aged 73) Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Columbarium 2 JJ-5-1 (Cremains)


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to First Lieutenant Joseph S. Buntin (MCSN: 0-14700), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry in action while serving with the Fourth Marine Raider Battalion at New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943. First Lieutenant Buntin deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire in order to locate and attack hostile installations, and aggressively leading a company forward after his Company Commander was wounded, repulsed a Japanese counter attack. The gallant conduct of First Lieutenant Buntin throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Silver Star (Gold Star) : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Major Joseph S. Buntin (MCSN: 0-14700), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Executive Officer of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 29 and 30 March 1953. Assigned the task of organizing the elements of two battalions into an effective force to defend a combat outpost which had been recaptured from the enemy, Major Buntin unhesitatingly proceeded to the outpost through intense hostile fire and successfully directed the defense of the position against two separate enemy counterattacks of battalion strength. Throughout a period of over thirty-six hours, he repeatedly braved hostile small arms, mortar and artillery fire to inspect and direct his defenses and to insure that the positions were defended at all times. By his indomitable courage, daring initiative and unswerving devotion to the fulfillment of a vital task, Major Buntin served to inspire all who observed him and was instrumental in the success achieved by the battalion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


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