90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW

Remembering Maureen Dunn: Advocate For Families Of POWs

Former prisoner of war Cdr. Timothy Sullivan, left, and Maureen Dunn of the National League of Families POW/MIA, light a candle at a table setting that signifies those soldiers missing in action during Veterans' Day ceremonies in Boston, Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Former prisoner of war Cdr. Timothy Sullivan, left, and Maureen Dunn of the National League of Families POW/MIA, light a candle at a table setting that signifies those soldiers missing in action during Veterans’ Day ceremonies in Boston, Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Maureen Dunn, of Randloph, was one of the founders of the “National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia”. She was a relentless advocate for POWs, MIAs, and their families.

Maureen studied to be a hair stylist. In 1968, her life turned in an unimaginable direction when her husband, Lieutenant Joseph Patrick Dunn was shot down over the South China Sea. The Pentagon was never able to tell her what happened to her husband and in 1974 bearing the emptiness and pain so familiar to families of missing soldiers, Dunn testified before the US Senate, saying: “Our problem has been Watergated, Agnewed, Richardsoned, Energy-crisised, and Mideast-ed practically out of existence.”

Dunn continued advocating for families for 45 years. Last Friday, she passed away after a struggle with cancer. She was 72.

Guest

Joseph Dunn II, son of Maureen and Joseph Dunn.

More

Boston Globe “Silent at first, but not for long, Maureen Dunn stepped into a spotlight she would never have sought after she learned in 1968 that her husband was shot down over the South China Sea on Valentine’s Day as he piloted an unarmed Navy jet during the Vietnam War.”


Other stories from this show:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • SusieDavidsonJournalist

    She was a neighbor of mine in Randolph. I am heartbroken over the loss of this remarkable woman. I did not know about her illness. May her legacy continue and may she be reunited with her husband.

    • Linda

      I met Maureen Dunn in the 1970′s….she loved the stained glass that my husband and I created and would even bring her girlfriends to my home on shopping sprees. I remember her as a good parent, outspoken and tough…..she was a “hell of a gal”…

  • Steve S.

    I didn’t know Maureen Dunn personally.  But one of the most powerful moments I ever saw in years of watching public speakers at the Kennedy School of Government was seeing her confront former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara about his inaction when her husband was shot down in 1995. 

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/c72a73m  (Dunn appears at 1:28 into the video)

Hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks introduce us to newsmakers, big thinkers and artists and bring us stories of relevance to Bostonians here and around the region. Live every weekday at 3.

  • Listen: Weekdays, 3 p.m. on 90.9 FM
  • Live Call-In: (800) 423-TALK
  • Listener Voicemail: (617) 358-0607
Most Popular
This site is best viewed with: Firefox | Internet Explorer 9 | Chrome | Safari