Korean War veteran’s remains to be returned home to Cullman 66 years later

Corporal Larry M. Dunn

Corporal Larry M. Dunn

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – A soldier declared Missing in Action in the Korean War will make his final journey home to Cullman County soon.

Corporal Larry M. Dunn served in the U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion B Company 1 BN Infantry Division.

Dunn was born December 20, 1931, in Cullman. He shipped out to Korea as a young man and was captured and declared Missing in Action in 1950.  He was officially declared dead in 1953.

As was the practice in 1954, many unidentified soldiers were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The remains of some of these previously-unidentified veterans were recently exhumed. Dunn was one of several such soldiers who were exhumed and positively identified through DNA.

Doug and Ann Williams, owners of Cullman Heritage Funeral Home, will meet the military flight carrying Dunn’s body at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Tuesday, September 13, along with a Military Honor Guard and Mortuary Affairs Escort. The Patriot Guard Riders will accompany the procession from the airport to the Cullman Heritage Funeral Home where Corporal Dunn will lie-in-state at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home, September 14 – 16 to give the community an opportunity to pay their respects and sign the memorial register.

The family will receive friends September 17 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Following the funeral, Dunn and his family will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders to Mt. Carmel Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.

Other organizations participating in the honor service and burial include: the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department, Local VFW, National War Museum, ROTC Units from local high schools, and local firefighter units.