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[Reference: Tom Dunkin Papers]


John Thomas (Tom) Dunkin
725307 Orange Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Telephone- 407-465-7977

Date/place of birth: January 8, 1925, Ruston, LA.
Health excellent.  Personal physician is Dr. Oswaldo Benitez,
phone 407/465-6800.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Georgia, 1952.  Studies included 30 quarter hours of Spanish.

U.S. Marine Corps, 1942-48.  Included two years as a small arms instructor at rifle range, Camp LeJeune, NC.  Combat duty as automatic rifleman on artillery forward observer team for Okinawa Campaign.  Next had occupation duty in North China during 1945-56 followed by guard duty at Jacksonville Naval Air Station [Florida] June to December 1946.  Then served in rifle company as squad leader and platoon guide, Second Marine Division 1947-48.

Retired, nominally, since 1987.  Now work part-time (20 hours weekly) as division judge, Fort Pierce jail alai fronton employed by State of Florida.  Also work part-time as volunteer at Fort Pierce Police Department; occasionally do freelance writing and photography.

From 1974 through 1985, served a research assistant, secretary and writing collaborator with the late retired Florida Supreme Court Justice with the late Alto Adams at the Alto Adams Library, Fort Pierce.  We produced two books, The Fourth Quarter, which is Judge Adams' memoirs and The Law of the Land, Judge Adams' commentaries on the Constitution of the United States.  Worked, between projects with Judge Adams, as a reporter, photographer and copy editor for the Fort Pierce NEWS-TRIBUNE.  In early 1985, edited on a three-month temporary basis, the monthly newsletter of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce.

Reporter, photographer/feature writer for FLORIDA TODAY newspaper in Brevard.  Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

Reporter, general assignment, police courts and military for COLUMBUS (GA) LEDGER.  Included coverage of the court-martial at Fort Benning of Army Lt. William Calley.  In 1967, moderated hour-long PBS television program, The Other Face of Cuba, at the University of Georgia.

Copy desk rim, swing make-up and swing picture editor, general assignment and police reporter for the ATLANTA JOURNAL, Atlanta, GA. Included coverage of the Summerhill and North Avenue riots in late 1966 to work with CBS-TV documentary film crew on PROJECT NASSAU, an effort by Haitian and Cuban exiles to depose the Francois Duvalier regime in Haiti and establish a base in Haiti to overthrow the Castro government in Cuba.  During first eight months of 1964, worked undercover for Florida Legislative Investigations Committee. [John's Committee]  (For details, please see attached addendum).

Editor, GLADES COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Moore Haven, FL.  This was a Thomson newspaper, one of the three published by the CLEWISTON NEWS, and a one-man operation.  Doubled circulation (from 400 to 800 weekly) and increased advertising revenue 26 per cent during three-year tenure.  Took leave of absence in early 1963 for freelance coverage of Cuban exile group, COMANDOS L in its bombing of the Russian freighter BAKU off Cabarien, Cuba.  Articles and photo published in April 12, 1963, GLADES COUNTY DEMOCRAT, photos in April 12, 1963, LIFE magazine and 1964 WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA YEARBOOK.

Reporter, copy editor, including 18 months in Sarasota and Bradenton bureaus for the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES & INDEPENDENT.  Later served as aviation editor for the TIMES and covered various aspects of the Castro revolution in Cuba for both the TIMES and INDEPENDENT, from 1958 through 1961.  Also did freelance radio and television coverage in Cuba for WSUN-TV and radio stations in St. Petersburg and police beat spot news in St. Petersburg for Tampa radio station WDAE.

Rewrite desk, general assignment, courts and courthouse reporter for ORLANDO (FL) SENTINEL

Police, courts and general assignment reporter, the TAMPA (FL) TRIBUNE.

1971- First Annual Enterprise Award, monthly Enterprise Award from Associated Press of Georgia for a story on long delay in trial for a black murder defendant in South Georgia, and for article on Army's top sniper in Viet Nam going into law enforcement after discharge.

1971- Best Spot News Coverage of the Year for coverage of the court-martial of Army Lt. William Calley, Jr. (for the My Lai Massacre) at Fort Benning, GA.

1979- Public Service Award from U.S. Treasury Department for coverage of regional activities in Georgia/Alabama of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau.

1969- Third place award from National Newspaper Association for coverage of a triple murder case at Auburn, AL

1963- Runner-Up for general excellence among smaller weeklies from Florida Newspaper Association, for GLADES COUNTY DEMOCRAT.

January to August, 1964, worked as undercover investigator with the Florida Legislative Investigations Committee. Duties included infiltration Committee for Nonviolent Action, which was approaching Florida on "Peace March" from Quebec via Washington and bound for Guantanamo, Cuba, to protest U.S. policy regarding Cuba.

Mission was to prevent Florida getting the notoriety Georgia had acquired for alleged law enforcement mistreatment of marchers.  Contacted group at Americus, GA, and after initial encounter, recommended procedures that accomplished goal until the group tangled with Key West conchs and Cubans, but no serious situations.

Later investigated various university pacifist groups including students and faculty members.  This involved University of Miami, University of Florida and Florida State University.  A major point of interest was efforts by one faculty member at University of Florida, to abolish ROTC.

Later assigned to riots in St. Augustine during June-August, 1964, with objective of intelligence-gathering to aid in preventing violence.  During this time, researched progress on National State's Rights Party's efforts to get enough signatures on petitions to enable inclusion on Florida ballot for candidates John Kasper and J.B. Stoner.  Reported to Tallahassee headquarters that possibility practically non-existent.  Committee Staff Director John Evans promulgated this information to the public via United Press and party's political progress aborted in Florida.  Also attended and photographed a number of Ku Klux Klan rallies in St. Augustine-Ocala area and reported to committee on them.


EMPLOYED BY HAYES SECURITY, Fort Pierce, as security guard for agreed-upon one-year period, December, 1985 to December, 1986.  Served one-month midnight- 8 a.m. at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center emergency room, next 11 months at Reserve community as site sergeant.
REFERENCE: Ronald Hayes, Hayes Courier Service, 407/464-3515

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