by Jason Salas
Guam - It's been a very sad morning for us here at the KUAM Studios in Harmon, as we mourn the passing of one of our most beloved on-air personalities. One of the island's most outspoken voices for the rights of military veterans, a proud lifelong U.S. Marine, and a former KUAM Radio disc jockey has died. John Gerber, who the community will instantly recall as a passionate advocate for the recent military buildup, passed away sometime last night at his home.
Gerber's most recent accomplishment - of which he and his fellow Marines were most proud - was the Pacific War Museum in Maina, which he built.
Family members confirm that Gerber died as a result of a heart attack.
Governor Felix Camacho said of Gerber's passing, "John was a true American hero, who proudly served his country as a US Marine and was instrumental in preserving our island's World War II history at the Pacific War Museum. John was a very proud Marine, who took it upon himself to extend our island's gratitude and hospitality over the years, feeding thousands upon thousands of soldiers at gatherings he hosted at his home in Chalan Pago and was responsible for the renaming of Marine Corps Drive, to recognize the valiant fight of his fellow Marines during WWII.
"Many of us fondly remember listening to Johnny Gerber's Wireless Rock on Friday nights. John was a man of the people and a true hero in every aspect of the word."