Max's father, Orbin Dunn, saved a number of the letters written by Sgt. Max Wayne Dunn when he was serving as a Tank driver with the Co. A 636 Tank Division Batallion. He was attached to the 36th Infantry which was called into active duty on Nov. 25, 1940, at Camp Bowie and served in the European theater of operations during WWII. After the war, the Division was reactivated as part of the Texas National Guard and headquartered at Camp Mabry, Austin, Tx.
Although there were other letters written to his mother previous to these, the letters to his father begin with reports of light snow and high winds which blew his tent down around 3 a.m on New Years night. He wrote that he just lay there without cover as there was no place else to go.
Max's TD Bn was located near Piedmonte D'Alife in Italy in the early days of January 1944, and by mid Jan. had moved to the Mount Lungo and Mount Porchia area to support the 36th Div. against the German line across the Rapido River near St. Angelo. Directives were given to fire on enemy targets and throughout the battles in January, many locations were hit and ground gained.