Edward Earl Dunn

With the Seabees in Korea 

Edward Dunn was born in 1929 in Yerington Nevada. During WW2 while Edward was in high school one of the famous Japanese balloon bombs crashed landed here in the town. Some local farmers tried to contact authorities but upon not hearing back cut it up and used it for a hay tarp! He grew up fishing, hunting and playing sports. Even being the Captain of the high school football team. He also worked as a grocery store clerk making $55.00 per week.

In September 1950 he decided it was time to do his part and enlisted in the US Navy in San Diego California. After completing his training he shipped out for Korea and posted to the 1st Amphibious Construction Battalion. This unit had won fame the previous month for liberating a brewery worth of beer and an old steam train from the north Koreans! During his in time in Korea he would work to build runways, roads, bridges and all sorts of critical infrastructure vital to the war effort. The Seabees were the ones that built the road to Tokyo in WW2 and would be essential to victory in Korea.

Edward would return home in the summer of 1951 having served nearly a year in Korea. He would go on to receive training as a commissary man and be stationed at the US Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, California. He would also go to sea again, totaling 1 year 11 months and 6 days at sea or in foreign lands during his time in the Navy. He would receive an honorable discharge in 1954 and go on to enjoy civilian life with his wife.

Seabees in Korea

During the Korean war the 1st Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB1) distinguished itself in two operations during the war. The first would come in late September 1950 when aerial reconnaissance reported eight locomotives trapped by broken rail lines in the Yong Dong Po switch yard. This was at that time eight miles North of Inchon behind enemy lines. Just 10 Seabees, led by Chief Bloomer, volunteered to liberate the engines. Fortunately for the Americans right next to the switch yard was the abandoned Kirin Beer Brewery, they also valiantly liberated several cases of beer. The Seabees managed to fix the track and get the engines south to the allied lines intact with the precious cargo.

However Edward would arrive just after this sometime around December 1950. In January 1951 ACB1 would fins itself at Wonsan working feverishly to load up and evacuate the US forces that were in a headlong retreat after the Chosin reservoir disaster. They had an incredible amount of equipment and men to load not to mention refugees and trying to destroy most of the port and city to deny it to the north Koreans.

Once they returned to the south the men of ACB1 went to work ensuring the Marine airfields were kept in operational order, plowing and leveling runways, building and maintaining vital routes of supply and ensuring the men who were going off to fight had every advantage available. Edward would return home in early October 1951 aboard the USS AE Anderson troop ship. Shortly after he left ACB1 would launch Operation Crippled Chick. This was the mission to build an emergency landing strip on Yo Do Island, this was to allow returning crippled airplanes a place to land safely rather than ditching in the water. They would name is Briscoe Field after the Admiral of the 7th Fleet.

Men of ACB-1 after the Inchon Landings in 1950.

ACB-1 sailors working on emergency airstrip at Yo-Do Island, Wonson, Korea, in June 1952.

ACB-1 refueling Corsairs at Yo Do Island 1952.

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The War Dungeon is a private collection and museum on Vancouver Island, BC. Over the past several years, with the help of friends and family, we have renovated the basement of our home into a large museum. The displays here cover from the Boer War, all the way to the Vietnam War of the 1960s.  

We try to cover all aspects and countries involved wherever possible, and we are always looking to add new and interesting displays to help honor the men and women who sacrificed so much for us. We offer guided  tours upon request as well as on site displays for special occasions.

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