Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Johnny Naumu

Johnny Naumu The Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was the first professional football team to play a regular season game in Los Angeles; John (Johnny) Punualii Naumu played on the team. Naumu, born September 30, 1919 (a McKinley High School graduate) played football for UH and US and went on to serve with the Hawaii Army National Guard He retired as a Colonel, receiving numerous ribbons and medals of honor. Naumu died September 23, 1982 of heart failure playing racquetball. (As an aside, while at UH, Naumu captured the novice handball title.) He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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