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Frederick L. Dunn

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Fred Dunn, 83, was born on Feb. 16, 1922 in Bennington, Vermont and passed away on March 10, 2005.

The son of Earl and Martha Dunn, he attended St. Joseph’s Business College in Bennington and in June 1944, he became the state shorthand champion. After WWII started, he joined the U.S. Air Force, earned his commission and was rated a pilot in September 1943. He flew B-24s in combat in the European theater. Mr. Dunn participated in the Berlin airlift. He flew 150 missions in the C-54 aircraft, transporting much needed flour and coal to the people of Belin.

It was in Berlin that Fred met his wife-to-be, Dolores Gantz, who worked as a civilian for for the U.S. government. She was also a member of the Women’s Army Corps during the war. They were married on Aug. 9, 1952 in Chicopee, Mass.

On Dec. 6, 1950, Mr. Dunn’s unit was ordered to duty at the outbreak of the Korean war. The mission was to fly cargo from Japan to Korea and return with the wounded to hospitals in Japan.

Mr. Dunn was a pilot with ASAF Military Air Transport Service through much of his career.

On Jan. 29, 1953, he distinguished himself by making the 10,000th transatlantic flight of the Military Air Transport Service. He retired from the Air Force on Dec. 31, 1967 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his miltary career, he received many awards including the Air Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Berling Airlift Device and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After retiring from the military, Mr. Dunn served for 10 years as a captain with Skymark and Golden West airlines. His total flight time, including military and commercial, was more than 22,000 hours.

He was a member of the Order of Daedalians and the SIRS organization.

There will be no services. He will be interred with his wife Dolores at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Gustine, Calif.

He is survived by his son, Gary Dunn and friend, Bonnie Sorlie; daughter, Barbara Metcalf; son-in-law, Matthew Metcalf; and grandchildren, Larissa and Christopher Metcalf. He is fondly remembered by his children as the best father they could ever wish for.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 31, 2005
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