Who Was John Gwinn?

167 years ago this Labor Day weekend, U.S. Navy Captain John Gwinn died and was buried–for the first time! His third burial came 85 years ago in Arlington National Cemetery, marked by this benign headstone. Who was he and what was the story behind his grave-hopping odyssey? Stay tuned to the Naval Historical Foundation as we untangle this mystery in coming months.

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  1. Melissa B Bird


    This is my great-great-great-great grandfather. My grandfather John Norman Gwinn is doing research on this relative. Thank you for remembering him.

  2. Melissa B Bird


    Also his headstone was finally updated to include that he was the Captain of the USS Constitution.

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