Admiral Dunn, who recently turned 90, is now an elder statesman in the naval aviation community. This is an excerpt from a U.S. Naval Institute oral history interview with Paul Stillwell in March 1990. Dunn served in 1960–61 as flag lieutenant to Rear Admiral Joseph Clifton, Commander, Carrier Division Seven. At the time, then-Lieutenant Dunn was not yet an elder, but he was definitely statesmanlike in dealing with Mrs. Clifton.
My first encounter with the admiral came when he had me ordered to temporary additional duty in Corpus Christi in preparation for being his aide. In Corpus, I got qualified in the F9F-8T, the trainer version of the Cougar jet, and began hearing stories about both Admiral and Mrs. Clifton. It’s hard to say which stories are true and which are apocryphal.