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Always Remember Those Who Gave All: MC WW2 Gold Stars and MIA Survivors

William Claude Dunn Jr.

William Claude "Jack" Dunn Jr. (1917-1944)

MC Class: ex-1939

Years at MC: 1935-1936 (Freshman)

Hometown: Maryville, TN

Life at MC: Freshman Class President, Football Team (only Freshman to letter in Football), Wrestling Team

Military Branch: US Naval Reserves

Military Unit: Unknown

Rank: Lieutenant (Pilot)

Medals Awarded: None Known

Date Missing: N/A

Date of Death: 16 May 1944

Location of Death: Lake Hurst, New Jersey

Circumstances of Death: During training exercises, his plane struck an air pocket and collided with the hanger where he was training (according to Dr. Lloyd's remarks on 9 June 1945)

Burial/Memorial Information: Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church Cemetery, Townsend, Blount County, Tennessee (; Memorial at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial, World's Fair Park, Knoxville, Tennessee (

Additional Information: He was described in the 1936 Chilhowean football pages as follows: "The fact that he was the only freshman to win a letter in a line consisting of juniors and seniors indicates Jack Dunn's ability as a tackle. Jack showed rapid development as the season progressed and turned in some excellent performances in the last few games. His 195 pounds is expected to be a mainstay in next year's line." He is also the son of William Claude Dunn Sr. who attended Maryville College as a Junior Class Preparatory Department student for two years (1897-1899).

Additional Images:

1935 Maryville College Football Tackle

1936 Maryville College Wrestling Team (Dunn is Back Row, Fourth from Left)