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Gabby Magner was the sage name for the character created by John F. Magner while performing as a standup comedian with the Dick Jurgens All Marine Show during WWII. John enlisted in eh U.S. Marine Corp and saw combat as a gunnery sergeant in the Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific; however, he is most fondly remembered by his comrades as the zany vaudeville-type comedian, Gabby Magner, who traveled throughout the Pacific with the Dick Jurgens All Marine Show entertaining the troops during these trying and troubled times. With his hilarious antics and comedy routines, Gabby brought smiles to the faces and joy to the hearts of many servicemen stationed in the Pacific. After the war, Gabby continued to entertain audiences with his humorous and creative personality performing as an emcee and host of many fundraising and community service events wherever he lived. Time and time again veterans would come forward with a greeting and spend a moment reminiscing and recalling the fun he provided for them during the war years. They all knew him as "Gabby," the guy who could make them laugh and forget their cares and worries for the moment. We just called him Dad.