Tom Dunkin Papers]
John Thomas (Tom) Dunkin
725307 Orange Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Date/place of birth: January 8, 1925, Ruston, LA.
Health excellent. Personal physician is Dr. Oswaldo
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
instructor at rifle range, Camp LeJeune, NC. Combat
automatic rifleman on artillery forward observer team for
Campaign. Next had occupation duty in North China
followed by guard duty at Jacksonville Naval Air Station
to December 1946. Then served in rifle company as
and platoon guide, Second Marine Division 1947-48.
Retired, nominally, since 1987. Now work part-time (20
weekly) as division judge, Fort Pierce jail alai fronton
State of Florida. Also work part-time as volunteer at
Police Department; occasionally do freelance writing and
From 1974 through 1985, served a research assistant,
writing collaborator with the late retired Florida Supreme
Justice with the late Alto Adams at the Alto Adams Library,
Pierce. We produced two books, The Fourth Quarter,
which is Judge
Adams' memoirs and The Law of the Land, Judge Adams'
the Constitution of the United States. Worked, between
with Judge Adams, as a reporter, photographer and copy
editor for the
Fort Pierce NEWS-TRIBUNE. In early 1985, edited on a
temporary basis, the monthly newsletter of the St. Lucie
Reporter, photographer/feature writer for FLORIDA TODAY
newspaper in Brevard. Indian River, St. Lucie and
Reporter, general assignment, police courts and military for
(GA) LEDGER. Included coverage of the court-martial at
Benning of Army Lt. William Calley. In 1967, moderated
PBS television program, The Other Face of Cuba, at the
Copy desk rim, swing make-up and swing picture editor,
assignment and police reporter for the ATLANTA JOURNAL,
Included coverage of the Summerhill and North Avenue riots
in late 1966
to work with CBS-TV documentary film crew on PROJECT NASSAU,
by Haitian and Cuban exiles to depose the Francois Duvalier
Haiti and establish a base in Haiti to overthrow the Castro
in Cuba. During first eight months of 1964, worked
Florida Legislative Investigations Committee. [John's
(For details, please see attached addendum).
Editor, GLADES COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Moore Haven, FL. This
Thomson newspaper, one of the three published by the
and a one-man operation. Doubled circulation (from 400
weekly) and increased advertising revenue 26 per cent during
tenure. Took leave of absence in early 1963 for
coverage of Cuban exile group, COMANDOS L in its bombing of
freighter BAKU off Cabarien, Cuba. Articles and photo
in April 12, 1963, GLADES COUNTY DEMOCRAT, photos in April
LIFE magazine and 1964 WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA YEARBOOK.
Reporter, copy editor, including 18 months in Sarasota and
bureaus for the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES &
served as aviation editor for the TIMES and covered various
the Castro revolution in Cuba for both the TIMES and
1958 through 1961. Also did freelance radio and
coverage in Cuba for WSUN-TV and radio stations in St.
police beat spot news in St. Petersburg for Tampa radio
Rewrite desk, general assignment, courts and courthouse
reporter for ORLANDO (FL) SENTINEL
Police, courts and general assignment reporter, the TAMPA
1971- First Annual Enterprise Award, monthly Enterprise
Associated Press of Georgia for a story on long delay in
trial for a
black murder defendant in South Georgia, and for article on
sniper in Viet Nam going into law enforcement after
1971- Best Spot News Coverage of the Year for coverage of
court-martial of Army Lt. William Calley, Jr. (for the My
at Fort Benning, GA.
1979- Public Service Award from U.S. Treasury Department for
of regional activities in Georgia/Alabama of Alcohol,
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
ADDENDUM TO RESUME - John T. Dunkin:
January to August, 1964, worked as undercover investigator
Florida Legislative Investigations Committee. Duties
infiltration Committee for Nonviolent Action, which was
Florida on "Peace March" from Quebec via Washington and
Guantanamo, Cuba, to protest U.S. policy regarding Cuba.
Mission was to prevent Florida getting the notoriety Georgia
acquired for alleged law enforcement mistreatment of
Contacted group at Americus, GA, and after initial
recommended procedures that accomplished goal until the
with Key West conchs and Cubans, but no serious situations.
Later investigated various university pacifist groups
students and faculty members. This involved University
University of Florida and Florida State University. A
of interest was efforts by one faculty member at University
to abolish ROTC.
Later assigned to riots in St. Augustine during June-August,
objective of intelligence-gathering to aid in preventing
violence. During this time, researched progress on
State's Rights Party's efforts to get enough signatures on
enable inclusion on Florida ballot for candidates John
Kasper and J.B.
Stoner. Reported to Tallahassee headquarters that
practically non-existent. Committee Staff Director
promulgated this information to the public via United Press
political progress aborted in Florida. Also attended
photographed a number of Ku Klux Klan rallies in St.
area and reported to committee on them.
FOR CORROBORATION CONTACT JOHN E. EVANS, FLORIDA TOURISM
ASSOCIATION, P O BOX 3215 DAYTONA BEACH, FL 32115.
EMPLOYED BY HAYES SECURITY, Fort Pierce, as security guard
agreed-upon one-year period, December, 1985 to December,
Served one-month midnight- 8 a.m. at Lawnwood Regional
emergency room, next 11 months at Reserve community as site
REFERENCE: Ronald Hayes, Hayes Courier Service, 407/464-3515
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