LTC William Pryor Junk Jr.
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
18 September 1967-10 March 1968
William P. Junk was born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma on November 7, 1924.
He enlisted in the Army on
November 16, 1942. On March 11, 1944 he was given a commission
to 2nd Lieutenant in the Army of the United States (AUS). On January 17, 1951 he was made a 2nd Lieutenant
in the Regular Army, with date of rank back to September 26, 1948.
He was promoted to the temporary
rank of Captain (AUS) on November 10, 1952. In 1954 he graduated
from the Infantry School Advanced Officers Course. On October 29, 1954 Junk was promoted to Captain
in the Regular Army. In 1958 he graduated from the US Army Command & General Staff College.
On June 27, 1958 Junk received a
promotion to the temporary rank of Major (AUS). He advanced to
permanent rank of Major in the Regular Army on August 12, 1962, and the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel
on February 7, 1963.
Junk commanded 1st Battalion
22nd Infantry during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and during the
battle for the
Provincial capital of Kontum he was given command of all 4th Infantry Division forces in the area,
becoming the overall American commander of that battle.
The following graphic is from the 1/22 Infantry After Action Report of the Battle of Kontum, 1968:
The following article and photo are from the 4th Infantry Division newspaper in Vietnam the "Ivy Leaf"
William P. Junk died on October 25, 1986.
He is buried at Tahoma National
Plot: Section K, Row B, Site 137
Grave marker for William P. Junk Jr.
Photo by Cemetery Wanderer from the Find A Grave website
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