Dunn, John Howard, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary MOS
8042-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1973, 8042, Prisoner of War - Vietnam
Service Years
1951 - 1974
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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Glendive
Last Address
Kokomo, Indiana

Date of Passing
Jan 14, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified
Military Service Number
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity
COL DUNN SPENT 2, 619 DAYS AS A POW BEFORE HE WAS RELEASED.

HE IS BURIED AT THE KOKOMO MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY IN KOKOMO, INDIANA
   
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Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel [then Major] John Howard Dunn (MCSN: 0-59941), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 1965 to October 1966. After his aircraft was shot down, Lieutenant Colonel Dunn evaded capture by the enemy in North Vietnam for six days. Once placed in a prison camp, the tenacity and indomitable spirit he showed during those six days became the trademark of his resolve. Lieutenant Colonel Dunn steadfastly refused to cooperate with his captors and was subjected to severe cruelties. Thwarting every attempt of the enemy to break his resistance, he gave his fellow prisoners an exemplary standard upon which to base their own conduct. Although Lieutenant Colonel Dunn aroused the fury of his captors by his resistance, the level of his courage and doggedness matched the increasing intensity of maltreatment levied upon him by the enemy, who ignored international agreements concerning the treatment of POW's. His resolve and determination provided the highest form of leadership and personal example. By his sheer determination and professionalism under the most adverse of conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Dunn displayed devotion not only to the United States but also to his fellow prisoners; thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps, the Naval Service, and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: December 1965 - October 1966
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Colonel [then Major] John Howard Dunn (MCSN: 0-59941), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while interned as a Prisoner of War (POW) in North Vietnam from January 1970 to April 1971. During March of 1970, Lieutenant Colonel Dunn unhesitatingly assumed the duties of Senior Ranking Officer while the actual officer holding this billet was placed in solitary confinement. Later in 1970, he actively participated in the formulation of the Fourth Allied Prisoner of War Wing, which was to become the formal prisoner organization. By so doing, Lieutenant Colonel Dunn helped establish a unified prisoner front through which he and his fellow POW's could coordinate and make more effective their resistance demands of the enemy. Designated Deputy for Operations representing the Marine Corps, he utilized his exceptional leadership traits to furnish a positive example and to establish a closer camaraderie amongst all the prisoners in the camp. By his exemplary courage and devotion to the United States under the most adverse of conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Dunn reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Armed Forces. (Lieutenant Colonel Dunn is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: January 1970 - April 1971
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War in North Vietnam
 

Legion of Merit

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Colonel [then Major] John Howard Dunn (MCSN: 0-59941), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 1965 to February 1973. Under extremely adverse conditions, Colonel Dunn remained indomitable and persevering and carried out his responsibilities as a leader by maintaining good order and discipline among other United States Prisoners of War. Despite torture, savage beatings, and innumerable interrogations, he resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in propaganda programs detrimental to the United States and in subversion of the United States military organization. In a tireless and outstanding fashion, Colonel Dunn unified the Prisoners of War around him and consistently inspired resistance to an enemy who ignored international agreements concerning the treatment of prisoners of war. By his personal example, courageous stamina, and total dedication to duty throughout his lengthy confinement, Colonel Dunn reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps, the Naval Service, and the United States Armed Forces. (Colonel Dunn is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: December 1965 - February 1973
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War in North Vietnam
 

Prisoner of War Medal

Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) John Howard Dunn (MCSN: 0-59941), United States Marine Corps, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 7, 1965 until his release on February 12, 1973.

Action Date: December 7, 1965 - February 12, 1973
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
   

  1964-1973, 7522, VMFA-323



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VMFA-323 Unit Page
Rank
Colonel
MOS
7522-Pilot VMFA F-4S Qualified
Base, Station or City
Not Specified
State/Country
Vietnam
 
 
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VMFA-323
Type
Air Unit
 
Parent Unit
Fixed Wing Units
Strength
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2013
   
   
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Baughman, Robert C, Col, (1952-1982) 75 7521 Captain
Conlon, Charles, Capt, (1961-1976) 75 7521 Captain
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Ellis, James, Capt, (1963-1973) 75 7585 Captain
Heinzerling, Conrad W, LtCol, (1957-1982) 75 7521 Captain
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Marble, Fred, Capt, (1968-1974) 75 7591 Captain
Meece, Donald Odell, Maj, (1946-1974) 75 7587 Captain
Nicholson, Doyle, LtCol, (1964-1979) 75 7521 Captain
Sharp, Skip, LtCol, (1959-1983) 75 7521 Captain
Taylor, Gordon, Capt, (1966-1978) 75 7584 Captain
Armstrong, Terry, Capt, (1971-1975) 75 7584 First Lieutenant
Brandon, Dennis, Capt, (1964-1970) 75 7587 First Lieutenant
Conlon, Charles, Capt, (1961-1976) 75 7521 First Lieutenant
Kagol, Danny, 1stLt, (1970-1974) 75 7584 First Lieutenant
Kerr, Richard Allen, 1stLt, (1946-1968) 75 7582 First Lieutenant
Nicholson, Doyle, LtCol, (1964-1979) 75 7521 First Lieutenant
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Berglund, Al, Capt, (1961-1969) 75 7584 Second Lieutenant
Flanigan, John Norlee, Capt, (1952-1969) 75 Second Lieutenant
Royer, Richard Howard, 1stLt, (1962-1966) 75 7521 Second Lieutenant
Frederick, John William, CWO4, (1942-1972) 75 7302 Chief Warrant Officer 4
Kelley, Philip, Maj, (1946-1969) 66 6604 Major
Hildreth, Kent, Capt, (1963-1967) 73 7301 Captain
Kagol, Danny, 1stLt, (1970-1974) First Lieutenant
Walsh, Gerard, GySgt, (1970-1990) Gunnery Sergeant
Bonilla, Jesus, SSgt, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Staff Sergeant
Durst, Bruce D., SSgt, (1959-1968) 64 6412 Staff Sergeant
Logan, Jim, SSgt, (1969-1977) 66 6658 Staff Sergeant
McCusker, Leo, SSgt, (1972-1981) 66 6657 Staff Sergeant
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Baxter, Jack, Sgt, (1964-1971) 62 6236 Sergeant
Bizjak, James, Sgt, (1963-1967) 60 6060 Sergeant
Bower, Norman, Sgt, (1971-1979) 60 6014 Sergeant
Christensen, Richard, Sgt, (1964-1968) 60 6054 Sergeant
Cordova, Mark, SSgt, (1969-1984) 60 6054 Sergeant
Dettman, Richard, GySgt, (1956-1975) 60 6052 Sergeant
Doukas, Mike, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6243 Sergeant
Garcia, Willfred, Sgt, (1970-1974) 60 6054 Sergeant
Gordon, Mitchell W., Sgt, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Sergeant
Gullo, Robert, Sgt, (1963-1967) 66 6631 Sergeant
Hand, George, Sgt, (1971-1977) 66 6616 Sergeant
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Johnson, Daniel, Sgt, (1966-1970) 65 Sergeant

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