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CMOHS.org - Private First Class DUNN, PARKER F., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail



Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A
Division: 312th Infantry, 78th Division
Born: Albany, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Albany, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 49
Date of Issue: 12/31/1922
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Grand-Pre, France, 23 October 1918


When his battalion commander found it necessary to send a message to a company in the attacking line and hesitated to order a runner to make the trip because of the extreme danger involved, Pfc. Dunn, a member of the intelligence section, volunteered for the mission. After advancing but a short distance across a field swept by artillery and machinegun fire, he was wounded, but continued on and fell wounded a second time. Still undaunted, he persistently attempted to carry out his mission until he was killed by a machinegun bullet before reaching the advance line.