DUNN, JOHN HOWARD Name: John Howard Dunn Rank/Branch: 04/United States Marine Corps Unit: VMFA 323 Date of Birth: 03 September 1930 Home City of Record: Glendive MT Date of Loss: 07 December 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 194000N 1080229E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Returnee Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B Missions: 10+ Other Personnel in Incident: Frederick, John, remains returned 03/13/74 DIC Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 23 March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 02/12/73 Released by DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 03/97 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO J. HOWARD DUNN Colonel - United States Marine Corps Shot Down: December 7, 1965 Released: February 12, 1973 Born: 3 September 1930 in Glendive, Montana. Father: Clifford H. Dunn of Mesa, Arizona, retired from International Harvester - deceased. Mother: Annie Mae Dunn - deceased. Stepmother: Kathleen Dunn. Brother: Eugene R. Dunn of Joshua, Texas, retired captain. Flew with American Airlines. Schooling: Billings, Montana and Salt Lake City, Utah. Linfield College, McMinville, Oregon -1 year. University of Utah, Salt Lake City - 3 years. Bachelor of Science Degree. Pi Kappa Alpha, National Social Fraternity. Flight training: 1951 to 1953 at Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. Wings and commission as Second Lieutenant in March 1953. At time of shoot-down over North Vietnam, was Executive Officer of Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 323 based at DaNang. Two children - Kathryn Dunn and Clifford Dunn. Shot down on 7 December 1965 while on high-altitude classified fighter escort mission; captured 13 December 1965. Lived in seven different POW camps (prisons and jails); spent 34 months in solitary confinement. Detention could be characterized as "months of nothingness, punctuated by moments of stark terror." Treatment prior to November 1969 was bad. Food was insufficient in quantity. Many men were in solitary; no time outside of cells and frequent torture and harsh punishment. Prisoners were tortured primarily to force participation in propaganda efforts that would benefit the North Vietnamese government and to attempt to break up our prisoner of war organization, which is provided for under International Law. After Sontay Raid by a combined ARForce/Army Elite Force, December 1970 no mass torture purges; food was adequate but quality remained poor. Prisoners were allowed to live 20 to 40 men to a room and two to four hours daily of outdoor time. No textbooks, pens, paper or outdoor athletic games until August-September 1972 except for selected groups for very brief periods. These actions designed to garner favorable publicity for North Vietnamese government. Feel that faith in a Heavenly Being, dedication to country, trust in our families, and trust in and loyalty to each other were main motivating factors in our resistance and determination to survive. Am pleased and grateful that President Nixon took measures that made it possible for us to come home honorably and on our feet rather than bowing, begging, or kneeling. B-52 bombings during December 1972 was highlight of my imprisonment in North Vietnam.
=================================== UPDATED 1997 with information from J. Howard Dunn. Col. Dunn had been the pilot of the F4B with the VMFA-323 when he was shot down. He says his release after 7 years, 2 months and 5 days of captivity was like a "rebirth of freedom." Howard Dunn retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Colonel in August of 1974. He resides in Colorado where he works as an environmental consultant. He enjoys both water and snow skiing, and loves woodworking. ======================================= Col Dunn passed away January 14, 1998. ======================================= The Florida Times-Union Friday, January 30, 1998 Vietnam POW dies; memorial service set From staff A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Jacksonville Jacksonville Naval Air Station's All Saints Chapel for Marine Col. J. Howard Dunn, a combat pilot who was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for seven years and was the senior Marine recruiter in Jacksonville from 1960 to 1964.....