Some sources claim that the Samuel Dunn who participated in the Gaspee Affair was the same who had led a company of Rhode Island militia in the Battle of Cartagena in 1741.
William Chapin in "Descendants of Samuel Dunn (1699-1740) of Newport" excerpts the family bible, in which Samuel Dunn b.1724 (son of the Samuel in the title of Chapin's book) wrote "My honored father Commander of one of His Majesty's Companeys on foot against Cartagena, died in Jamaica 1740".
This is consistent with Samuel having traveled to Jamaica in December of 1740 with 3600 other American militia for staging for the coming campaign. These Americans were made to wait in poor conditions for several months before the attack commenced the following March. It is reported that by January, 500 had died and another 1500 were sick. Samuel may have died that February, while the date is written in the bible as February 1740 in old-style.
So either the former Samuel earned glory by surviving that disastrous campaign and latter added on with his participation in the Gaspee Affair, or else the latter Samuel died before the battle actually ban, perhaps of disease, and was a different man than the one who helped burn the Gaspee.
If it is possible to find names of people who died on this campaign, this could be resolved. Are there lists of casualties in the British Army from the 1700s? Do they include American militias?