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    It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that NGTO has lost one of it's greatest heros. Sandy Trent, better known to us all as Top Turret Gunne, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2011. Gunne was a great man and one of the last of his generation; a generation that saved the world. I spoke with his son in law Mark just a few minutes ago, and he said that he was able to get Gunne up to their Toccoa cabin last week so that he could spend some time on the river with his beloved Oyster bamboo fly rod. Mark said that Gunne really enjoyed what sadly turned out to be his last time fly fishing the Toccoa.

    A portion of Gunne's ashes will be interned at the Georgia National Cemetary with full military honors next Tuesday, September 20th at 11:00 am. The cemetary is located on Knox Bridge Road up in Canton. It will be a brief, simple ceremony, but Mark wanted everyone to know that they would be honored for you to attend if you are able. And the remainder of Gunne's ashes will be scattered on the Toccoa River in a private family ceremony. I can think of no better way to honor this man than how the family has chosen to do so.

    Gunne was a dear friend to me and to many of you as well. He was a great example to us all on what it meant to love life, love family, love country, and love trout fishing! Please keep Maureen and the rest of Gunne's family in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.

    Last edited by Buck Henry; 09-13-11, 12:18 PM.
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    Buck Henry
    Simple Goat Herder
    Former NGTO President
    Hall of Fame Member

  • #2
    Sad news indeed. Thoughts and prayers going out for Gunne's family and friends.
    I don't fish to live, but I live to fish.
    I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong.


    • #3
      I am sorry to hear this. Although i never got the chance to meet him i enjoyed reading his posts and the contribution he made to this site.


      • #4
        I have to bow my head in reverence for the passing of one of our nation's finest. I never had the opportunity to meet Top Turret Gunne, but he was on my mind most of yesterday afternoon as my wife and I were floating back down the Chattahoochee fishing the riffles and timber. I was having difficulty controlling the boat with the trolling motor and was thinking how bombardiers on B-17's were in command of their aircraft during the bombing runs. Flying to the target could be done by any yay-hoo with his wings, but the bombing run required precision that only the bombardiers had been trained for. I had planned to shoot a PM to him asking for a few minor details about a typical mission and thanking him for being there for his country in her hour of need. He truly was a member of America's "Greatest Generation" although I bet he'd humbly deny that there was anything special he'd done during those times.

        I missed my opportunity, and I've missed meeting a great man that was and is admired by many. I envy all of you who knew him.

        Surely heaven's gates swung open wide for him as he was welcomed home and awarded his new wings.
        If you have difficulty understanding the post above, read it out loud and it should make sense. This NGTO member is known for his poor hill-billy upbringing and his affinity for all things from Louisiana (particularly if it relates to LSU). It makes for a poor mix of accents and much difficulty in translation. He was doing well for so long, but now seems to have regressed.


        • #5
          I 1st met Gunne after I had purchased a Buck's bag float tube from him. He wanted to close the deal by sharing some of his magical Elixar.

          Since then I have had the pleasure to experience Gunne's sharp wit and sense of humor. I am very sad to hear of Gunne's passing, but proud to say I knew him and happy to know he is at peace now.
          Last edited by SlowStreamer; 09-12-11, 02:07 PM.
          Nothing is impossible the impossible just takes a little longer. So take your time and enjoy the experience.


          • #6
            I remember Gunne's first post a couple of years ago. Somebody flamed him for showing a stringer of trout he and his wife had caught. I felt bad about his having been discourteously treated and got in touch with him. He was a neat guy, a good man, and deserved all our gratitude for his service and the personal example he set.



            • #7
              My condolences to Sandy's family and friends. He will be missed.

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              • #8
                Prayers and condolences for Sandy and his family....will pour one out for you Sandy....will


                • #9
                  Pouring one out for a Hero, wish I could do it from 10,000 ft or in a river....

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                  • #10
                    God speed, my brother!
                    A whole generation of heroes are passing right before our eyes. To you Veterans I say
                    THANK YOU!

                    Exodus 29:18
                    Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!


                    • #11
                      I met Sandy a couple of times--I believe the last was at a bamboo gathering . He was a great guy and fine sportsman and a fun loving person. We suffered along with him with his stolen pontoon boat, his wrecked jeep and his hospital trip. Rest in peace Gunne--we will miss you.


                      • #12
                        A fine man I wish I had the opportunity to meet in person. He always sounded like he was looking for another way to help others. Lost a good one there. Pouring one out in his honor tonight.
                        These brook trout will strike any fly you present, provided you don't get close enough to present it.
                        -- Dick Blalock


                        • #13
                          I never met this fine man and hero to this country...but my prayers are with his family right now
                          I use dry flies...why just for the chance of the perfect cast, perfect drift, just to see it disappear...and then FISH ON!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Prayer for the Departed

                            "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen"

                            Thank you for your service, Sir...although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I did wholeheartedly enjoy his posts on here.
                            R.I.P, Top Turret Gunne!
                            “This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.”
                            Rudyard Kipling, Kim


                            • #15
                              I never had a chance to meet TTG and now I'm really sorry that I didn't.

                              The country has lost another hero, a fellow who climbed into a hellacious machine in awful conditons, flew over insanely dangerous territory - and did it 34 times, each time knowing what could be in store.

                              My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and I hope his ceremony is extremely well attended.
                              Last edited by Trout8myfly; 09-13-11, 07:16 PM.
                              "What's his offense?"
                              "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
                              ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure