Dunn, John Howard, Col

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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
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Military Service Number
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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)
   


Operation Rolling Thunder
From Month/Year
March / 1965
To Month/Year
November / 1968

Description
Operation Rolling Thunder was the title of a gradual and sustained US 2nd Air Division (later Seventh Air Force), US Navy, and Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) aerial bombardment campaign conducted against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 2 March 1965 until 2 November 1968, during the Vietnam War.

The four objectives of the operation (which evolved over time) were to boost the sagging morale of the Saigon regime in the Republic of Vietnam, to persuade North Vietnam to cease its support for the communist insurgency in South Vietnam without actually taking any ground forces into communist North Vietnam, to destroy North Vietnam's transportation system, industrial base, and air defenses, and to cease the flow of men and materiel into South Vietnam. Attainment of these objectives was made difficult by both the restraints imposed upon the U.S and its allies by Cold War exigencies and by the military aid and assistance received by North Vietnam from its communist allies, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (PRC).

The operation became the most intense air/ground battle waged during the Cold War period; indeed, it was the most difficult such campaign fought by the U.S. Air Force since the aerial bombardment of Germany during World War II. Supported by communist allies, North Vietnam fielded a potent mixture of sophisticated air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons that created one of the most effective air defenses ever faced by American military aviators.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
March / 1965
To Month/Year
December / 1965
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  13 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Bacon, Maurice, 1stLt, (1956-1966)
  • Herring, Myles, Cpl, (1964-1967)
  • Mathews, Bob, Maj, (1956-1971)
  • Merritt, Donald, Sgt, (1963-1967)
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