Joseph Brantley Dunn, USN

Born  29 Dec 1899Europa, Mississippi, USA
Died  6 Apr 1972(72)Corpus Christie, Texas, USA


23 Jun 1938 Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1942 T/Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.
1 Apr 1943 T/Capt.


  Legion of Merit

Warship Commands listed for Joseph Brantley Dunn, USN

USS Bogue (CVE 9)T/Capt.Escort carrier9 Jul 19432 Jul 1944
USS Antietam (CV 36)T/Capt.Aircraft carrier5 Nov 194531 Oct 1946

Career information

Joseph Brantley Dunn was born in Europa, Mississippi, 1899. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis in 1922. He spent much of his early service life in submarines, and commanded the USS R-6. He then shifted his interest to aviation and became a Naval Aviator, one of only a few submarine officers who held that designation.

He saw service in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II, and commanded several Task Groups engaged in Anti-Submarine warfare in the Atlantic, for which he received the Legion of Merit with Combat 'V', and a Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war, he commanded the USS Antietam in the Pacific, and the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

He retired from Naval service in 1952 with the rank of Rear Admiral, and lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, serving in City government. He died April 6, 1972.

Events related to this officer

Escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE 9)

23 Jul 1943 (position 35.25, -27.56)
German U-boat U-527 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south of the Azores during support of U-648, in position 35°25'N, 27°56'W, by depth charges from Avenger aircraft (VC-9) of the US escort carrier USS Bogue

20 Dec 1943 (position 32.54, -37.01)
German U-boat U-850 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Madeira, in position 32°54'N, 37°01'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from 5 Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue.

13 Mar 1944 (position 46.18, -27.34)
German U-boat U-575 was sunk in the north Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 46°18'N, 27°34'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Prince Rupert, the US destroyer USS Hobson the US destroyer escort USS Haverfield and by depth charges from a British Wellington and Fortress aircraft (Sqdn. 172/B and 206/R and 220/J) and Avenger aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Bogue.

24 Jun 1944 (position 15.16, -39.55)
During the night of 23/24 June 1944 Avenger aircraft from USS Bogue sink the Japanese submarine I-52 (offsite link) with acoustic homing torpedoes in the Atlantic about 850 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands in approximate position 15°16'N, 39°55'W. More details about the sinking of I-52, including photos of the air attacks and other original documents can be found on our partner website I-52 sunk by VC-69 aircraft from USS Bogue on 24 June 1944

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