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Veterans of the Dunlop/Dunlap Name

Herein lie the legacy of Brave Dunlops, Warriors all, who fought in History's many wars.
A common thread runs through these stories, gained from old records, dusty shelves, family bibles, and actual military archives.

It is that wherever Scots fought, in battles against evil or oppression or for a Great Cause, a Dunlop or a Dunlap was there, fighting in usual Celt fashion, and sometimes even sided against each other!

Read on each War's own page about our boys in: the Scottish civil wars, at Culloden, the Londonderry Siege, at Trenton, Waterloo, the Battle of New Orleans, Vicksburg, Atlanta, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Argonne Forest, Iwo Jima, Quang Tri, the Highway to Hell and many other battles:

Scottish Wars World War I
American War of Independence World War II 
War of 1812 Korean Conflict
Indian Mutiny VietNam

American Civil War

Persian Gulf Wars

where the ground is hallowed by their blood,
and their actions upon it!


Dunlop's Greatest Warriors

Captain Robert H. Dunlap

Major General Sir James Dunlop of Dunlop

Ensign Robert Dunlap

Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap 

John David Dunlop

Major Alistair Dunlop


Captain Robert H. Dunlap Born: 19 October 1920, Abington, Ill. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 20 and 21 February, 1945. Defying uninterrupted blasts of Japanese artillery. mortar, rifle and machinegun fire, Capt. Dunlap led his troops in a determined advance from low ground uphill toward the steep cliffs from which the enemy poured a devastating rain of shrapnel and bullets, steadily inching forward until the tremendous volume of enemy fire from the caves located high to his front temporarily halted his progress. Determined not to yield, he crawled alone approximately 200 yards forward of his front lines, took observation at the base of the cliff 50 yards from Japanese lines, located the enemy gun positions and returned to his own lines where he relayed the vital information to supporting artillery and naval gunfire units. Persistently disregarding his own personal safety, he then placed himself in an exposed vantage point to direct more accurately the supporting fire and, working without respite for 2 days and 2 nights under constant enemy fire, skillfully directed a smashing bombardment against the almost impregnable Japanese positions despite numerous obstacles and heavy marine casualties. A brilliant leader, Capt. Dunlap inspired his men to heroic efforts during this critical phase of the battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit, and daring tactics in the face of fanatic opposition greatly accelerated the final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and materially furthered the continued advance of his company. His great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Capt. Dunlap and the U.S. Naval Service. For his personal valor on these days he was awarded the US Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Robert Dunlap passed away Friday, 24 March 2000. He was 79. See his bio on the WWII page.



-Major General Sir James Dunlop of Dunlop, 21rst of that Ilk, third son of Frances Wallace. He succeeded his brother Andrew in 1804 to the Estate of Dunlop. He served in the American war where he attained the rank of Major in the King's service. He also commanded an assaulting column at the siege of Seringapatam, India. Returning to Britain, he attained the rank of major general under Wellington during the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 and was present at Waterloo.  (House of Dunlap, John Hanna, 1956)



Illustration of the Militia at Guilford Courthouse

-Ensign Robert Dunlap. 1740-1781 Lost his life for freedom at Guilford Courthouse in the American Revolution because he refused to obey orders to retreat! He bravely stood his ground, firing his musket and pistols while others left all around him, until he was alone, then overrun by the redcoats.

"never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons."
Lt. Gen. Charles Earl Cornwallis.


Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap 1879-1931. Robert H. Dunlap was born in Washington, DC, on 22 December 1879. Commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in August 1898, he served in the Philippines and China in the

early 1900s and in Mexico during the 1914 Vera Cruz intervention. During World War I, he achieved distinction while commanding a regiment during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. In 1928, he served in Nicaragua. Brigadier General Dunlap lost his life in France on 19 May 1931, while attempting to rescue a woman caught in a landslide. He had a USS destroyer named after him, the USS Dunlap.




John David Dunlop was born in Cleburne, Texas, a railroad town south of Fort Worth. But in 1927 at age 3, he flew in his uncle's biplane. From then on, Dunlop had a love affair with flight. An Eagle Scout, Dunlop graduated from high school and then joined the Marine Corps in 1942. As a fighter pilot, he flew more than 100 missions in two South Pacific campaigns the Marshall Islands and the Western Caroline and Peleliu islands. In 1946 he met and married Eleanor Jane Field, also a Marine, who had learned to fly at 16. His wife of 56 years lives in Tucson. He also was an aerial photographer in the Korean War before becoming a test pilot for a number of aircraft and the Lunar Lander. His 20-year military career included two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Silver Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal with two gold stars. John David Dunlop died April 4, 2003.



Major Alastair Dunlop, who has died aged 85, was awarded the MC and Bar while serving with the Bombay Grenadiers in the Burma campaign.

On February 1 1945, A Company 3rd Battalion 4th Bombay Grenadiers, commanded by Dunlop, then a major, dug in across the Irrawaddy from Kyaukmyaung and held the bridgehead. During the subsequent advance to relieve Yeshin, the company was protecting a squadron of the 150th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps when the Japanese managed to get within range of the tanks and inflicted heavy casualties.

At one point, Dunlop seized a Bren gun from a wounded man and, without any regard for his own safety, engaged the enemy while the casualties were evacuated; not a single Japanese was able to close with the tanks and destroy them. For his gallantry and skilful handling of his company, he was awarded an immediate MC.

see Battle_of_Meiktila  also see outstanding article with photos at IAF/History




Many more veterans of the Wars are to be listed in these Halls soon, updating the individual pages as soon as information is sorted and uploaded. Please forward information of your fathers and grandfathers that served in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf. Please submit your own name, story or that of a relative if applicable, with confirmable history to Clan Dunlop Historian. The only "requirement" to be listed was that your Dunlop/Dunlap/DeLap was in an actual combat zone or POW camp.-Mike Dunlap, Clan Historian.

The American Battle Monuments Commission lists American Dunlops and Dunlaps buried outside the USA who have fallen in battle in Korea and WWII.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealander Dunlaps and Dunlops fallen in WWI and WWII.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial lists veterans of all wars with photos and personal information.


Please walk these Halls of War to see how Dunlops, Dunlaps, and DeLaps fared in History's battles!

Updated 3.18.2015



These Veteran's pages stand as a humble Memorial to all of our Clan who served us and their Nations well through History, even to the point of giving their lives.

It is our duty to preserve our great Dunlop heritage for those who come after,
so that their honorable actions are not lost.

To You, the Red-Eagle Veterans.


"Lest We Forget"