Alexander Joseph Dunn

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  • Name: Alexander Joseph Dunn
  • Location of Birth: Ft. Jackson, New York
  • Date of Birth: July 30, 1888
  • Date of Death: February 5, 1918
  • Parents: Alexander J. Dunn & Agnes (DeShaw) Dunn
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  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: June 1917
  • Place Sworn In: Oregon
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Alexander Joseph Dunn
    Age: 28
    Home Address: Knappa, Oregon
    Date of Birth: July 30, 1888
    Citizenship: Natural born
    Place of Birth: Ft. Jackson, New York, USA
    Citizen of other Country: None
    Present Occupation: Logger
    Employer: Columbia River Timber & Log Co., Skamokawa, Washington
    Dependents: Wife
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: Caucasian
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: No
    Tall, medium or short: Tall
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Brown
    Color of hair: Black
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 2, 1917
    Place of registration: Knappa, Clatsop County, Oregon

    Alexander Dunn lived in Cohasset, Minnesota with his parents prior to moving out west to seek work in the lumbering industry. He married Estella Ward in Oregon in 1915. Dunn was called for army duty and departed January 24, 1918 from New York with Company D, 6th Battalion, 20th Engineers aboard ship 526, Tuscania, a troopship carrying troops and supplies to England. The ship was torpedoed in the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland by a German submarine on February 5, 1918. He was reported among the missing and was probably among the unidentified dead who were buried on the coast of Scotland. His name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Suresnes American Cemetery, in Suresnes, France. In 1932 Alexander Dunn's mother ordered a military marker for her son which is located in Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset, Minnesota (P15 W44).



  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    The Grand Rapids American Legion Post #60 was re-named the McVeigh-Dunn Post in 1921 in memory of Franklin McVeigh and Alexander Dunn, local men who sacrificed their lives during World War I.

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