John Gunn Sports Collection
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- Gunn, John (John Alan) (Person)
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Gunn was the co-author of the Virginia 1968 Freedom of Information Act and received the George Mason Award from the Richmond Sigma Delta Chi. He was the only editor on duty at The Richmond News Leader the day JFK was assassinated and had the duty of yelling "stop the presses" and helped crank out an updated edition hours later. Through the years, he interviewed politicians, sports legends, celebrities, and military heroes.
A retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel, he served two years on active duty at Quantico, Virgina, Cherry Point, and New River, North Carolina. He spent 28 years in the Reserves with units in Illinois, Virginia, and California.
When Gunn retired to Gulf Breeze in 1995, the he continued to write stories for the Pensacola News Journal, the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, the Pensacola Beach Islander, and published the monthly newsletter of the Military Officers Association of America. He served as chairman of the Gulf Breeze Development Review Board and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Over decades, Gunn collected and saved professional, college, and military sporting news. He combined his love of sports and the Marine Corps by authoring two books on Marine Corps football: (Quite) a Few Good Men and The Old Corps.
John Gunn married Joan Hermann and the couple had four children. He passed away on June 24, 2013 and is bured in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.
172.5 Linear Feet (Contains 438 archival boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 2 binders, and 1 map case folder)
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John Gunn Sport Collection
- Football -- United States -- History
- Football and war
- Major League Baseball (Organization)
- Military sports
- Minor league baseball
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Football League
- United States. Air Force -- Sports
- United States. Army--Sports
- United States. Marine Corps -- Sports
- World War, 1939-1945
- John Gunn Sports Collection
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