On April 26, 2024, a little over two years after Colonel Bernard Leo “Bunny” Talley, Jr. (USAF, Retired) left us, he was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute for a remarkable American patriot.

Colonel Bernard Talley’s story is one of faith, courage, and strength in the face of great adversity. Spending 7 years as a POW he never gave up or gave in and continued to stand firm in the faith of his youth as he met the opposition and rallied together with other brave Americans.

Colonel Talley was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. As was stated in his obituary, Colonel Talley and his fellow 565 POW “returnees” exemplified faith, duty, and an indomitable spirit in the face of incredible adversity which resulted in each of these extraordinary men returning with honor—something their captors never took from them.

The following 5-minute video captures a solemn military tribute featuring the playing of Taps, a seven-gun rifle salute, and the ceremonial folding of an American flag.  https://vimeo.com/943345638?share=copy