DUNN Maureen A. (Hoey), Longtime POW/MIA Champion, of Randolph, formerly of Jamaica Plain, passed away May 10, 2013, at the age of 72. A native of Jamaica Plain, Maureen’s life changed forever on February 14, 1968 when Commander Joe Dunn’s unarmed plane was shot down over the South China Sea near Hainan Island. Commander Dunn’s body was never recovered. The loss of her beloved husband left Maureen, a young widow and mother of a young son, with a life-long mission advocating on behalf of American Prisoners of War (POWs) and those missing in Action (MIAs). Maureen was the Co-Founder of the National League of Families of POWs/MIAs and dedicated her life on behalf of American military personnel captured or missing in action and their families. She traveled America raising awareness of this cause and challenging politicians from Presidents on down never to forget those separated from their country while in military service. Maureen was a presence at the Paris Peace Talks in the 1970s always working to make sure that POWs and MIAs were never forgotten. Maureen co-authored her life story in a 2006 book with Melissa B. Robinson entitled “The Search for Canasta 404 Love, Loss, and the POW MIA Movement”. In recent years, Maureen was a tireless advocate and supporter of the Achilles Project, bringing amputee veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to Boston every April to compete in the Boston Marathon and be hosted by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Last month, Maureen was at Fenway with her Achilles Project athletes as they participated in a moving pre-game ceremony. Maureen’s special relationship with the Boston Red Sox grew out of a friendship with former Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman, a Navy Veteran. After Lou Gorman’s passing, the Red Sox and Maureen carried on the special April tradition in which the Achilles Project Team Members were duly recognized on Patriots Day Weekend. Maureen is survived by her son, Joe, her daughter-in-law, Beverly, her beloved grandson Joseph Patrick Dunn, III, her sister, Eleanor Sheldon of Norwood and her brothers John Hoey of Randolph and Frederick Hoey of Canton. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main Street (Rt. 28), RANDOLPH. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. in Stetson Hall, 6 South Main Street, Randolph. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12:10 P.M. in St. Mary Church, 211 No. Main Street, Randolph. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Randolph. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, 42 West 38th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10018. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit www.carwtrightfuneral.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on May 12, 2013