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Leo Francis Dunn 

Leo Francis Dunn

Male 1893 - 1977

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  • Birth  01 Jun 1893  Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  1918  Army Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Based on oral tradition, we believe Leo F. Dunn entered the Maine National Guard around 1916 and served on the southwest border against Pancho Villa. According to the Maine Roster, on August 5, 1917, he was drafted into federal service as a 2nd Lt. from the National Guard and served with the 103rd Infantry, Company M, 2nd ME Infantry. Research suggests this was the 103rd Yankee Division, 52nd Infantry Brigade, 103rd Infantry Regiment. (His obituary references the "40 & 8 103rd Yankee Division".) In the Maine Roster the field for "overseas service" is blank but his induction papers i March 1918 reference service in France. On February 28, 1918, he received an honorable discharge for inefficiency; online research provides few clues but it appears this type of honorable discharge was ordered in cases where the soldier was wounded or became ill. On April 24, 1918, he was inducted into Kennebec Company No. 1 in Augusta, Maine, apparently as a Private. He served with the 151st Depot Brigade (to Sept 16, 1918); thereafter, and until his discharge, he served with the Provost Guard Company Infantry, Camp Devens, advancing to the rank of Sergeant. He received an Honorable Discharge upon demobilization on April 17, 1919. His obituary references service with Capital Barracks 683; it's not clear whether the "Kennebec Company No. 1" referenced in the Maine Roster and the "Capital Barracks 683 Augusta" referenced in the obituary were the same unit or different units. If the latter, Capital Barracks 683 may have been a reserve unit, or perhaps a fraternal organization to which he belonged after the war. 
    Died  13 Feb 1977  Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I14  Dunn
    Last Modified  26 Jul 2012 

    Father  Edward Patrick ("The Major") Dunn,   b. 1859, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Helen Field,   b. 11 Aug 1854, Whitefield, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1903, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1882 
    Photos
    Photograph of Fields and Larkins?
    Photograph of Fields and Larkins?
    This photograph is of three couples, a single man on the right, and two kids sitting on the grass. The older couple on the left we think is either Alice (Field) Hanley and her husband George Hanley or Helen Field and Edward Patrick (the "Major") Dunn. One of the younger couples, perhaps the one in the middle, we believe is Francis and Kathryn Larkin. The other couple, and the single gentleman on the right, are unknown. The children are unknown, as well, but we believe the one on the left may be Margaret Dunn (daughter of Helen and Edward) and one of her sisters (Annie, Helen or Agnes).
    Ancestors Outside The Farm, Whitefield, ME 1925
    Ancestors Outside The Farm, Whitefield, ME 1925
    This photo is of members of the Dunn and Field families in front of the farm built by John Field's sons in Whitefield, ME. A handwritten note on the back dates the photo to 1925. Among the people in the photo, we think, are Alice (Field) Hanley and her husband George Hanley, Leo Francis Dunn, Sr. (as a relatively young man), and Edward Patrick (the "Major") Dunn; Helen (Field) Dunn, wife of the Major, would not be shown here because she died in 1903. The younger people on the steps are unknown, but may include one or more of Edward and Helen's children (and Leo's siblings), Annie, Agnes, Margaret, Helen, Thomas and/or Joe.
    Documents
    1900 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward Patrick (the 'Major') Dunn)
    1900 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward Patrick (the "Major") Dunn)
    Edward Patrick Dunn and his wife Helen (Field) Dunn are living at 12 Lincoln Street in Augusta, ME. He is 41 and she is 44 years old. Children are Annie M. (17), Joseph E. (15), Margaret A. (13), Helen (12), Thomas F. (9) and Leo F. (7).
    1910 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward Patrick 'the Major' Dunn)
    1910 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward Patrick "the Major" Dunn)
    Edward Patrick (the "Major") Dunn, as head of household with his six children, living on Middle Street in Augusta, Maine in 1910. Edward's wife Helen (Field) Dunn is not listed on the census, as she passed in 1903 from the Typhoid fever outbreak in Augusta and surrounding towns that year.
    1920 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward P. 'the Major' Dunn)
    1920 Census, Augusta, ME (Family of Edward P. "the Major" Dunn)
    Edward P. Dunn is now living at 37 Sewall Street. Helen (Field) Dunn passed in 1903, a victim of the Typhoid epidemic in Augusta and surrounding towns that year. Children at home now include only Margaret, Helen and Leo. Rose Fox, identified as a sister-in-law and housekeeper, lives with the family.

    When I was a child in the 60s and 70s we would visit "the aunts" at 37 Sewall Street. The aunts, who were actually my great-aunts, were the Major's four daughters (Anne, Agnes, Helen and Margaret, whom we called "Auntie"). We never went to Augusta without visiting the aunts. I remember great food, helping with chores, and playing cards, usually canasta or cribbage.
    Headstones
    Headstone of Edward Patrick Dunn & Family Members
    Headstone of Edward Patrick Dunn & Family Members
    This is the headstone of Edward Patrick Dunn, his wife Helen (Field) Dunn, and two of their children - Thomas Field Dunn and Ann Marie Dunn. - in St. Mary's cemetery, in the center of Augusta, Maine.

    Four of the other children (Leo, Margaret, Helen and Agnes) are buried in the "new" St. Mary's cemetery in the town of Chelsea, on the outskirts of Augusta.

    The other child, Joseph Dunn, lived, died and is buried in California.
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Buckley Cunningham,   b. 19 Sep 1902, Gardiner, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1948, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Jun 1925  Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Leo Francis, Jr. Dunn,   b. 1926,   d. 1993
    >2. M. Dunn
    >3. M.A. Dunn
     4. Edward Patrick Dunn,   b. 02 Jan 1931, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 2004, Whitefield, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. David Dunn,   b. 1932, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Augusta, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. J.T. Dunn
    >7. E.A. Dunn
    >8. K.R. Dunn
    >9. W.J. Dunn
    Photos
    Dunn Family Photo
    Dunn Family Photo
    Back Row: Mary, Leo and Margaret
    Middle Row: Dave, Leo (Sr.), Margaret, Jan, and Ed
    Front Row: Ellen and Katherine (Kitty)
    Circa. 1940-1941 (not shown, William John Dunn b. 1942)
    Wedding Photo
    Wedding Photo
    Leo Francis Dunn and Margaret Buckley Cunningham on wedding day
    Documents
    Marriage Record (Margaret Cunningham to Leo Dunn)
    Marriage Record (Margaret Cunningham to Leo Dunn)
    Last Modified  21 Nov 2009 
    Family ID  F17  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Leo Francis Dunn as a young man
    Leo Francis Dunn as a young man
    Wedding Photo
    Wedding Photo
    Leo Francis Dunn and Margaret Buckley Cunningham on wedding day
    Edward Patrick Dunn at Cobbosseecontee Lake in Winthrop, Maine, in 1933
    Edward Patrick Dunn at Cobbosseecontee Lake in Winthrop, Maine, in 1933
    In 1933 Edward Patrick Dunn purchased a little red camp on Cobbosseecontee Lake in Winthrop, Maine. This photo is Edward with his son Leo Francis Dunn (Sr.), and four of his grandchildren enjoying the cool water in that same year.

    The Abenaki native people lived on the lake 400 years ago. They were great fishermen and grew lots of corn. The name "Cobbosseecontee" in their language means "Lake of Many Sturgeon." It's still known as a great fishing lake.
    Liberty Club
    Liberty Club
    This appears to be a men's club in New York called the Liberty Club. A pillow in the far corner suggests the year is 1912. This was among family photographs but I cannot identify anyone in the picture. Best Guess: The man sitting on the right side of the table about four or five from the far end, with his elbow on the table and his hand on his chin, is my grandfather Leo F. Dunn, Sr.
    Photograph of Leo F. Dunn
    Photograph of Leo F. Dunn
    WWI Uniform
    Yankee Division Insignia
    Yankee Division Insignia

    Documents
    Obituary (Leo Francis Dunn, Sr.)
    Obituary (Leo Francis Dunn, Sr.)
    Kennebec Journal, August, ME.
    Monday, February 14, 1977.
    Page 2, Column 1.
    Funeral Service (Leo Francis Dunn, Sr.)
    Funeral Service (Leo Francis Dunn, Sr.)
    Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME
    Thursday, February 17, 1977
    Page 2, Columns 2 and 3
    Military Roster, State of Maine 1917-1919
    Military Roster, State of Maine 1917-1919
    Summary of service record of Leo Francis Dunn, WWI
    Military Roster, State of Maine (Cropped)
    Military Roster, State of Maine (Cropped)
    This roster is silent with respect to Leo Dunn's foreign service. However, consistent with family oral tradition, Leo's draft registration card, which is dated March 1918, indicates service in France. He appears to have served as a 2nd Lieutenant in France and later to have been discharged and returned to the states where, in 1918, he enlisted. His obituary notes service in the 40 & 8 103rd Yankee Division. The phrase "40 & 8" referred to a rail boxcar capable of transporting 40 men or 8 horses.

    The Maine Army National Guard website recites the following regarding the 103rd during this timeframe:

    "The 2nd Maine Infantry Regiment was federalized for the Mexican Border in 1916 and served as a security force in places such as Loredo and Zapata Texas. The 152d Maintenance Company of Augusta shares 2nd Maine Inf. military lineage.

    Once again, less than one year later, in 1917, the 2nd Maine Infantry participated in a Mobilization this time for World War I. The unit was later reorganized and redesignated as the 103rd Infantry Regiment, a name that would remain in the Maine National Guard for another 41 years. As part of the 26th "Yankee Division" from Massachusetts the 103rd saw action in all of the Divisions major engagements in France to include: Aisne-Marne Offensive; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne and the Defensive Sector. The unit was demobilized and returned to State of Maine control in 1919. [The "Colors" of the 103rd can be viewed at the Hall of Flags in the Maine State House]."

    Growing up I heard on several occasions that during his time in France Leo was somehow knocked unconscious, and when he awoke he was in the morgue with his dog tags on his toes.

    For many years after the war Leo was a member of the American Legion, Fitzgerald-Cummings Post. No. 2, in Augusta, Maine.

    Following is a summary of the 103rd Yankee Division's service in WWII:

    The 2nd Maine mobilized for World War I in 1917 and was reorganized and redesignated as the 103rd Infantry Regiment. It became part of the 26th Yankee Division from Massachusetts and saw action in France.

    Twenty-sixth, 26th Division (New England National Guard)

    Nickname: Yankee Division
    101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th Infantry (Inf.)
    101st, 102nd, 103rd Artillery (Art.)
    101st, 102nd, 103rd Machine Gun (M. G.)
    101st Engineers (Eng.)
    Generals Commanding: Clarence R. Edwards, Frank E. Bamford, H. C. Hale.
    Engaged: Seicheprey, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Rhine.

    Twenty-sixth, 26th Division (New England National Guard). Nickname: Yankee Division
    26th Division campaign credits courtesy of Steve Zolla:

    Chemin des Dames Sector, 2/7 - 3/19/18
    Toul - Boucq Sector, 3/31 - 6/19/18 (Apremont & Seicheprey)
    Pas Fini Sector, 7/8 - 7/14/18
    Champagne - Marne Defensive, 7/15 - 7/18/18
    Aisne - Marne Offensive, 7/18 - 7/30/18
    Rupt Sector, 9/5 - 9/11/18
    St. Mihiel Offensive, 9/12 - 9/16/18
    Troyon Sector, 9/17 - 10/8/18
    Meuse - Argonne Offensive, 10/14 - 11/11/18

    (Source: World War I Campaign and Service Credits, Planchet Press, 1990)


    Draft Card WWI (Leo Francis Dunn)
    Draft Card WWI (Leo Francis Dunn)
    This record references service with the 103rd Infantry in France.