Final Mission of LCDR Michael E. DunnPosted on 11/10/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgLCDR Norman E. Eidsmoe was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 165 onboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER. On January 26, 1968, Eidsmoe launched with his Bombardier/Navigator (BN) LCDR Michael E. Dunn from the carrier in their A-6A Intruder attack aircraft on a low-level, single-plane, night strike mission into North Vietnam. Two A-4 Skyhawk and two A-7 Corsair attack aircraft were scheduled to provide mission support if required. The flight proceeded normally to the initial run-in point at the coast. The flight was tracked inbound to approximately 5 miles from the target at which time radar contact was lost dur to low altitude and distance from tracking stations. Support aircraft remained on station about 30 minutes, waiting for the attack aircraft to regain radio contact at the designated time and position upon egress from the target area. The support aircraft neither heard no saw the strike aircraft again. No radio contact of any kind was heard from the aircraft. The UHF radio "guard" frequency was monitored by all the support aircraft until low fuel states required their return to ship. No surface-to-air missile (SAM) launches were received and no anti-aircraft fire was noted by the support aircraft, even though there were known enemy defenses in the target area including automatic weapons, light and medium anti-aircraft artillery and one known SAM site. The search and rescue (SAR) expanded the following day with the sortie of two RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance aircraft. The electronic and photographic search produced no significant findings. It was later determined that the aircraft had crashed approximately 7 kilometers north of the city of Vinh, Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. Eidsmoe and Dunn were declared Missing in Action. When 591 Americans were returned at the end of the war, Dunn and Eidsmoe were not among them. [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
I wore your bracelet for many years when I was a teenagerPosted on 5/9/14 - by Stephanie HowardThank you for your service. Thank you to your family for enduring the pain of not knowing what happened to you and again when they learned of your loss.MORE
I will look for your resting place at Arlington when I'm in Washington, DC this summer.
With all my respect,
Stephanie Seldin Howard
I wore your BraceletPosted on 2/14/14I too wore your Bracelet for Many Years. I thank you for your service. I have thought about you for all these years wondering if you were ever found and if you came home. I'm glad you finally got to come home but sorry it wasn't while you were still alive. My father was also in the Vietnam War but we were lucky enough to get him home safely. I'm so glad I finally found out about you.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear LCDR Michael Edward Dunn, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
If I should die...remembrances for LCDR Michael Edward DUNN, USN...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!Posted on 3/30/11 - byIf I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 2/14/11 MORE
We RememberPosted on 2/1/04 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgMichael is buried at Arlington Nat Cem,
I Still Have Your BraceletPosted on 12/30/03 - by David C. MuellerMichael, I received your MIA/POW bracelet when they were first issued. I wore it until 4 years ago, unfortunately, it broke in two from age. I had it repaired by a jeweler, but no longer wear it since it's so fragile. It is now proudly displayed on a shelf in my home. Michael, I have never met you, but I'll never forget you. David MuellerMORE
Thank you SirPosted on 5/30/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Michael Edward Dunn, for your courageous and valiant service, many years of faithfully contributing, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!MORE
Yous Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you LCDR Dunn, for a job well done!
WELCOME HOME, SIR
FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND
VALOR. American men & women have died in wars ... WE REMEMBER!Posted on 4/2/03 - by Jim Stepanek MORE
Aboard the USS RangerPosted on 11/11/02 - by Gurujiwan KhalsaMichael was the Aviation Electricians department officer. I was an aviation electrician with VA 165 aboard the USS Ranger.MORE
I remember that he was good to us enlisted men and treated us with respect below and on the flight deck. He new how to take care of his men even though we were only a little younger then him. Michael your family and friends can be proud to now that you were a stand up kind of guy, even far away from home.
AE2 Patric Neufeld
In Honored RemembrancePosted on 7/24/02 - by Michael Robert PattersonPilot shot down during Vietnam War identified through DNAMORE
Tuesday, January 11, 2000
BOCA RATON, Florida - A Navy pilot missing in action for 32 years will get a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery this week, after DNA testing identified his remains.
Lieutenant Commander Michael Edward Dunn was serving a second tour of duty when his jet was shot down near Hanoi on Jan. 26, 1968. Officials listed the 26-year-old Navy pilot as missing in action.
Dunn will be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The funeral marks the end of three decades of uncertainty for family members, who will fly in from Florida, Barbados and Trinidad to lay Dunn to rest.
Dunn's family, some of whom live in Boca Raton, had received several clues about his fate over the last five years. In August, DNA tests confirmed that remains found in Vietnam nearly two years earlier were Dunn's.
"We've waited so long for this closure," said Catherine Doherty, Dunn's youngest sister, from her Chesapeake, Virginia, home.
In 1995, when the family had assumed they would never be able to recover Dunn's remains, the Navy discovered his flight bag in a Hanoi Museum.
Navy officials later found what looked like the wreckage of the pilot's A6 jet and what turned out to be his remains.
His siblings gave blood for DNA analysis, but had to wait two years for Vietnamese officials to release the remains.
"My whole life I've heard about him and what a wonderful person he was," said Christine Kingery, 28, a Boca Raton resident who hadn't been born when her uncle died. "Now I can pay my respects."
Kingery, her mother Sharon Kingery, and other Florida relatives will meet family members at the funeral, including Dunn's siblings Christopher Dunn, a Washington lawyer, and Doherty, who was 10 when officials reported her brother missing.
In the 1960s, thousands of civilians vowed to wear copper or silver bracelets listing the names of soldiers missing in action.
Mrs. Kingery has received about a half dozen bracelets engraved with her brother's name in the mail, accompanied by letters requesting that they be included in his casket.
"That strangers would wear a bracelet honoring my brother for so many years is moving beyond words," she said. "It's truly a tribute to the caring, resilient human spirit."
Portions Courtesy of People Magazine, 1 May 2000
MICHAEL EDWARD DUNN was born on July 6, 1941 and joined the Armed Forces while in Naperville, Illinois.
The funeral looks and sounds like any other at Arlington National Cemetery. There is the flag-draped casket, the military honor guard, the 21-gun salute, the clear, piercing notes of "Taps." But when Christopher Dunn begins speaking to the 40 people gathered to mourn his brother, Navy Lieutenant COmmander Michael Dunn, it becomes clear that this one is different.
"My hero comes home to rest where he belongs, in a field of heroes," says Dunn, a Washington, D.C. lawyer, in a quavering voice. "He was lost, but now he is found."
It was 32 years ago - on January 26, 1968 - that the Navy A-6A attack jet carrying Dunn, 26, and his pilot, Captain Norman Eildmoe, 34, went down over North Vietnam. When the war ended, the two were among 2,583 American servicemen
listed as missing in action in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. For years the Dunns and Eidsmoes, like other families, lived with the gnawing questions. "You don't want to give up, ever," says Betsy Eidsmoe, now 67, who had five children with Norman. "You always think, 'Well, maybe they got out.'"
Though most authorities agree that there is next to no chance any American MIAs are still alive in Vietnam and its neighboring countries, more and more questions about what happened to each of them are being answered, thanks to a concerted international effort - dating from 1973 - to find and identify remains of U.S. servicemen, 554 of whom have been identified. The task of searching for the 2,029 Americans still unaccounted for in the region involves a network of several hundred
military personnel, diplomats and scientists from four countries, whose work combined negotiation, forensics, archeology and old-fashioned sleuthing. Ultimately they hope to account for every missing American. "This is part of the national psyche - we don't leave our buddies behind on the battlefield," says Pentagon MIA chief Robert Jones. "We do everything we possibly can to bring them home."
Overseen by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting and the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, both based in Hawaii, the program every year undertakes 11 missions, each of which lasts 35 days. Though every mission is different and may
involve separate searches for as many as 50 MIAs at at time, the painstaking approach is always the same.
American HeroPosted on 9/25/01 - by SteveI also wore Michael Dunn's bracelet for years. May you rest in peace Michael Dunn you are a true American hero. You are not forgotten
An Answered PrayerPosted on 11/19/00 - by Connie GoffMichael, I was only 22 years old when I began wearing your bracelet and promised your mother you would not be forgotten. I have carried you in my heart for 28 years. Just last week, I discovered that God answered my prayers by returning you to your family last December. As soon as I possibly can, I will come to Arlington to pay my last respects to you, my hero. I will continue to carry you in my heart until I see you on the other side. God bless you. Your friend, ConnieMORE
home at lastPosted on 2/10/00 - by AliceMichael,MORE
I also had one of your bracelets and it was my to return it to your sister after I saw the story about you finally being located and returned to the U.S.A.for a burial there in Arlington. After all these years you are home.
Alice in Florida
A Young Teen's RealityPosted on 12/13/99 - by John Uriarte, MAJ email@example.comMichael, I wore your name on my wrist during my school days. I found it so ironic that one of my friends at the time was also named Michael Dunn. I was very moved when I finally saw your name on the wall. You will always be in my thoughts and I will always safeguard your bracelet.MORE
friendPosted on 5/31/99 - by Karen T. noneMichael...I have never met you,however,I have your MIA bracelet.I have seen your name on the Wall in D.C. Even though I don't know you, seeing your name there almost brought me to my knees. You and all the others must be accounted for! Even though we are strangers,you are still a part of my life even if by chanceMORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.