My Military Experiences in World War II

Written and read by Dr. Paul Dunn

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Paul Dunn had dreamed of being a pilot until he went on a hospital tour with his sister and knew that being a doctor was his destiny. But how could he afford medical school? It was the Depression and he was working in a bank.

When WWII started Dunn saw his opportunity to get medical training. He started taking first aid courses and decided to enlist in some kind of medical corps. Dunn chose the Navy Hospital Corps rather than the Army Medical Corps. “I was going to be really smart,” he said, “none of this foxhole infantry life for me.”

Things didn’t quite work out the way he planned. He ended up a Marine Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima, February 19–March 26, 1945.

Paul Dunn in Navy Uniform

Paul Dunn, 1942
Navy Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class

Paul Dunn in Marine uniform

Paul Dunn, 1945, Marine
Pharmacist’s Mate First Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul & Kathryn Dunn on their wedding day in 1951

Paul & Kathryn Dunn on their wedding day in 1951

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul & Kathryn Dunn & their 10 children

The Dunn Family in the 1970’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Dunn recording

Dr. Dunn, 93, recording his memoirs. Dec. 2012

Dr. Dunn taking a break with Cyndy Hubbard

Dr. Dunn taking a break
with Cyndy Hubbard, Dec. 2012