Alias: Tyler Vance
Height: 5’ 8”/ 9’ 11”
Weight: 210 lbs/1650 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Birthplace: Boulder City, Nevada
Power Source: Technology
Group Affiliation: United States Army, The Freedom Five
First Appearance: Bunker Suit - Justice Comics #148
First Appearance: Tyler Vance - The Indestructible Bunker #1
Tyler Vance spent the first 18 years of his life in the middle of a desert. Boulder City, Nevada was the town he called home, and his formative years were nothing short of, well, ordinary. He cut his teeth working as a mechanic in his father’s dust-choked auto-shop, and he made extra cash repairing slot machines in local dive bars and diners. His limited spare time was filled with thoughts and dreams of getting out of that town. Most of his friends would probably never make it further than Vegas, but Tyler swore he would. As soon as he was old enough to join the Army, he headed to the nearest recruitment office and signed up.
However, fate has a cruel sense of humor. Tyler Vance left his home wanting to see the world at the same time as the United States went to war in the Middle East. Tyler’s journey merely took him from one desert to another. Proving his mechanical aptitude early on, Tyler was quickly assigned to an armored division. Over the next few years, he rose through the ranks, and eventually he attained a position as a Lieutenant leading his own platoon.
During his eighth year of service, Lt. Vance was leading a mission through contested territory outside of Fallujah when his platoon was surrounded by a large enemy force. As they tried to gain a defensible position, a sandstorm caught them by surprise, damaging their communications equipment. Cornered with no way to radio for help, Vance managed to keep a cool head and guide his unit safely through the situation. The siege on his platoon lasted for 48 hours until the sandstorm subsided, enabling allied helicopters to locate them.
Despite the duration and complications of the siege, Vance’s platoon was able to escape with zero friendly casualties and only three serious injuries. The Army brass referred to Lt. Vance’s leadership in the situation as both “prodigious” and “exemplary”, and the defensive positioning Vance had utilized was later added to the standard training regimen for all armored division personnel.
When Tyler arrived back in the States, he was awarded for his valor with the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross. After the ceremony, he was approached by General Joshua Armstrong, who offered him a chance to further serve his country by participating in the Freedom Five Initiative. While operating outside the official Army chain of command, the position would provide Vance with a unique opportunity; he would operate the Personal Armament Exo-Chassis YS-1300t suit, an automated battle suit capable of wielding the firepower of a full battalion. Vance accepted General Armstrong’s offer and became the first mechanized officer in the US Army. As the second member of the Freedom Five, Tyler “Bunker” Vance now acts as Legacy’s right hand man and the strategic brains behind most of the Freedom Five’s mission planning.
Alias: Vernon Carter
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 240 lbs/800 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Birthplace: Sheridan, Wyoming
Power Source: Technology
Group Affiliation: United States Army, The Ironclad Project
First Appearance: Justice Comics #14
Corporal Carter was a good soldier. He followed his orders and got work done. He was good with guns and tech, so he was given a lot of responsibilities. However, regardless of how hard he worked, he was never so much as in line for promotions beyond “corporal”. So, when he was approached by the Ironclad Project and offered a chance to work as a specialized “Mechanized Corporal”, he figured it was the best chance he was going to get.
Mechanized Corporal Carter was the first operator of a “Bunker” suit in real combat situations. And he found his way into plenty of real combat situations! The suit went through many changes and revisions as it took damage, and Carter got better and better at pushing the capabilities of his armor to the limits. He could even go head to head with tanks, earning him the nickname “Panzer-Buster”.
In an operation, working with Captain Paul “Legacy” Parsons, Carter was air-dropped into the center of the German “Adlerhorst” fortress. He was the diversion, and his stalwart attack on the complex under heavy fire allowed Legacy’s team to get in, get the heavily guarded intel, and get out without sustaining any casualties. Legacy’s objective was completed successfully - Carter was just getting started. He worked his way through the Führer's headquarters, forced to tear damage pieces of his armor off in order to continue moving, as the broken parts would lock up. His progress, while heroic, was eventually halted by the sheer number of soldiers who stood in his way.
Mechanized Corporal Carter was awarded both the World War II Victory Medal and the Medal of Honor posthumously, and is considered to be the greatest soldier to ever work with the Ironclad Project.