Part One: Born November 11, 1885, Dunham Scott of Van Buren Arkansas was the son of Fannie (Dunham) Scott and Phillip D. Scott. He took his first name from his mother’s maiden name, a nod to her father, Joseph Starr Dunham who published the Van Buren Press newspaper. Dunham’s father was Phillip Drennen Scott, son of Charles and Caroline Scott and grandson of Van Buren founding father John Drennen. As Dunham’s great grandfather, Drennen is remembered today for his entrepenuiral spirit, his friendships including Sam Houston, James K Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Albert Pike as well as his work with the Cherokee as Regional Superintendent of Indian affairs at the close of the Trail of Tears. Dunham’s military service in WWI added more honor to his family’s participation in the American Revolution, Mexican War and Civil War. After Dunham’s passing, family members saw combat in WWII and Viet Nam as well.

Dunham Scott entered officers training school at Fort Roots in Arkansas May 7, 1917. Upon completion he was commissioned Captain of Infantry and assigned to the 347th Infantry, commanding Company C. He was stationed at Camp Pike in Little Rock From September 1917 until July 1918. That month, he and the 347th received orders to move to Camp Dix New Jersey and prepare to join the war effort in France.

In August 1918 he was assigned special duty and sent to an advanced school, sailing on the HMS Coronia from New Jersey to Liverpool England. From Liverpool he traveled to Cherbourg France and entered the 2nd Corps Training School.
With orders to complete the school and link up with his men at the front, circumstances would interfere. Scott’s company,while making their way across the English Channel on the HMS Persic (a former luxury liner of the White Star Line and Titanic fame) was torpedoed by a German U-boat. None of the men were lost, but none of the equipment was saved resulting in a 5 week delay for replacement guns and ammunition.

Captain Scott finally met up with his men of Company C on Nov. 4, 1918 at Gieve with orders to proceed to the front lines.