Dale was actually named Junior Dale rather than being his father's namesake. Descendants said they think he changed his name to Dale Jr.
Name: Dale Jr Van Gundy
Residence State: Illinois
Report Date: 16 Oct 1944
Latest Report Date: 12 Jun 1945
Grade: Private First Class
Grade Notes: Second Lieutenant or Nurse or Dietitian or Physical therapy aide or Private First Class or Ensign or Second Class, Seaman
Service Branch: Army
Arm or Service: Air Corps
Arm or Service Code: Air Corps
Organization Type: Heavy Bomber
Parent Unit Type: Group/Regiment/Commands/System
Area Served: North African Theatre: Italy
Detaining Country: Germany
Status: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
It is unknown when he was returned to the US but he reenlisted 11/20/1945 in Chicago as a Sergeant in the regular Army, enlistment for the Panama Canal Department . He verified his birth year and county, said he was married at the time and was described as 6', 120 pounds. (Apparently being prisoner of war made him a beanpole.)
Descendants said he retired from the Air Force with the rank of Major.
His wife said he told her the "worst thing we ever did was give him a computer but he loved it, had endless questions, belonged to a computer club at age 82."
The cause of Dale's death was complications from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea. He had been in the hospital for several days.
He was cremated, per his wishes, and no services of any kind.