Colonel (Ret) James F. Dunn, Jr., US Army, 85, passed away
April 4, 2018. The elder of two sons of James Franklyn Dunn and Virginia (Campbell) Dunn of Middletown, CT. Upon graduation
from Middletown High School, he enlisted in the Army while attending Bryant College in Providence, RI. While at Bryant, he
met his future wife, Maryann Daszewski, of Forest Hills, NY. After their graduation and his completion of basic training,
they married. In 1953, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Candidate Course at Ft. Benning, GA. His initial assignment
was as a Parachute Infantry Platoon Leader in Germany. While in this assignment, he was transferred to the Ordnance Corps
and selected to lead the 10th Ordnance Company. Over a 31year career, he continued to hold positions of increasing responsibility
including command of the 703d Maintenance Battalion in Germany, the 801st Maintenance Battalion in Vietnam, the International
Logistics Center, New Cumberland Army Depot and the 46th Support Group, COSCOM, XVIIIth Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg, NC as well
as assignments at the Pentagon, EUCOM in France and Germany, and a tour in Korea. In recognition of his accomplishments, he
was inducted into the Infantry Hall of Fame.
concluded his career at the Army War College as the Director of Materiel Systems in the Department of Management. He then
began a 15 year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and held a number of management and advisory positions
until his second retirement in the late 90's.
built a home and established roots in Carlisle. A selfless husband and loving father, COL Dunn masterfully balanced his professional
life and personal responsibilities such that both of the Dunn children were able to graduate from Carlisle High School. He
developed life-long relationships with friends, neighbors, and associates. Of particular note were his friendships with golfing
buddies with whom he enjoyed much laughter, numerous trips and lots of friendly competition. He was an active member in a
number of associations and groups including the 101st Airborne Division Association, MOAA, AUSA, and The Army War College
Foundation. He also enjoyed attending Baltimore Ravens’ games with his son-in-law.
COL Dunn held a BA from Bryant College, a BS degree in military science from the University of Maryland,
a Master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg State College as well as diplomas from US Army Command and
General Staff College and the US Army War College.
He is survived
by his daughter, Jessica (husband, Philip) DeMarais of Hollywood, MD, with whom he lived at the time of his passing, one son,
Major (Ret) Mark J. Dunn, US Army (wife, Chom Suk) Dunn of Martinez, GA and one step-grandson, James Brinkley, and a brother,
Philip C. Dunn, of San Francisco, CA.
A viewing will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at
1:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Shrine Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA with Rev. Josh Cavender officiating. Interment
with Full Military Honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle is
in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Army Emergency Relief Fund (aerhq.org). www.Since1853.com.
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condolences to Jim's family. I considered Jim my first and best friend in Carlisle. He was responsible for getting me
acquainted with the golfing group which I enjoyed during all my yrs in Carlisle. I'll miss Jim very much. Sam Lombardo
am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. May God grant him rest and peace and may his memory be eternal.
My condolences to Jims family . I considered Jim my first
and best friend in Carlisle. He was responsible for getting me acquainted with the golfing group which I enjoyed during all
my yrs in Carlisle. Ill miss Jim very much.
Jim was a good friend of ours, especially to my husband, former
Carlisle Police Chief Frank Giordano, who died in 2010. And I knew Mary Ann from working at the Army War College.
Very nice people. My prayers are with the family and may they find peace and comfort during their time of
Our deepest condolences on the recent passing of James Dunn.
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