From the Boston alumni e-mail list:

Captain Warren C. “Bunge” Cook ’98 of the United States Marine Corps is giving a series of talks and slide shows, followed by discussions, about the experiences of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st US Marines in Iraq last summer. The event is sponsored by the Marine Corps and is being held at various sites throughout New England this month.

Bunge was among the first American soldiers to enter Baghdad in 2003. His talk about Lima Company will concern his unit’s recent activities in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, and it will provide, he says, “a story you haven’t seen or heard in the US media.”

Bunge will be speaking at the Dedham Community Center in Dedham, MA, at 6:30 on December 19. He will speak the next day at the Cumberland Club in Portland, ME, at 5:00. For more information, please contact: The Holderness Alumni Office at 603.779.5228 or alum@holderness.org

Great stuff. I plan on being there.


Here is an August report from the Bunge’s battalion commander, Lt. Col. Phillip Chandler.

With that said, I must remind you all that we still have a bit of work ahead of us here and our AO remains extremely dangerous. Our enemy does not have a deployment window and he will continue to seek to do us harm until the last minute of the last day of our time in AO Anaheim. I continually remind our Marines and Sailors that we must maintain an aggressive offensive mindset until the day we depart and we must continue to relentlessly pursue our enemy. Sadly, since my last email, the BLT has lost two additional Marines to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Cpl Sean Stokes and Sgt Jon Bonnell, Jr. paid the ultimate sacrifice to make a difference here in Iraq. As a Marine, it is painful beyond belief to lose a fellow Marine, but we seek solace in knowing that out cause is just and our actions righteous. I continually remind the Marines closest to these fallen warriors (as I personally was to Cpl Stokes) that these are our generation’s heroes. Marine Corps’ history is replete with charismatic leaders and valorous heroes and these Marines now take their place among that honored few. Personally, I no longer need to reflect back to those heroes of past historic battles to find motivation for I am surrounded on a daily basis by my true heroes, your Marines and Sailors. These are not pages in a book, but live history in the making and I am humbled to be a part of it all.

I will close with a passage from General George Washington describing the actions of his men after a near miraculous victory at Trenton during our American Revolution. His words most aptly summarize my feeling towards the Marines and Sailors of BLT 3/1. After the battle, the General remarked, “The officers and the men that were engaged in the enterprise behaved with great firmness, poise, advance, and bravery, and such as did them the highest honor.” I truly am honored to be associated with such men of high moral and physical courage and I love each and every one of them. I thank you for your continued love, prayers and support. We think of you everyday and long for the moment of our reunion. Please remain strong and hang tough for a couple of more months. It will be here before you know it.

Bunge was the commanding officer of Lima Company, one of the three rifle companies in 3/1. More than two hundred Marines looked to Bunge for leadership in combat. If the war in Iraq is ever won, it will be won by warriors like Bunge Cook. If he does not deserve a Bicentennial Medal from Williams, than who among us does?

And why hasn’t anyone from Williams invited Bungee to give a talk on campus?

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