Dad was D-Day Hero

Author John L. Nunes

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, otherwise known as D-Day. My father, John F. Nunes, was among the American infantrymen who landed at Omaha Beach.

What he did that day blew me away.

John F. Nunes Normandy Hero John F. Nunes
Normandy Hero

Dad rarely spoke about his service during all four years of WWII, other than infrequent, brief references. Certainly never in detail. When reaching his mid-sixties, Dad started talking about travelling to Normandy and visiting the vast graveyard of those who died on the beaches of Normandy while battling the Nazis.

Over the years, I learned about his heroic deeds from my mother.

When Dad passed away 14 years ago, I scraped together what I learned about him through Mom and news accounts. He never did make it back to Normandy. Below is an obituary I drafted for the San Diego Union. It was publicized, virtually unchanged, and ran…

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About johnlnunes

A former journalist, John has published two novels, High Stakes Fantasy–An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller (2012) and DreamCatcher Games (2002). While not watching or reading about baseball, he is busy drafting his third novel. John has taken in games at eight Major League and at least a dozen minor league ballparks. Honorable mention: attended a Major League spring training game held in Mexicali, Mexico. More parks are in his travel plans. Obsessed with fantasy baseball for past 20 years and intrigued by sports gambling trends for much longer. Obsessive compulsive writer (what writer isn’t). After decades of newspaper & magazine reporting, plus an online freelance gig, crafting make-believe tales now has his full-time attention. Winner of national and local reporting awards. Thousands of bylines as a staff reporter and freelancer for L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sport Magazine, Elysian Fields Quarterly, San Diego Magazine, North County Times, Associated Press, others. As a newsman, he covered police, courts, politics, sports, entertainment, business, labor, government, education, technology, travel, health care, you name it. Also was in-house PR director for three major San Diego universities and one of the largest community colleges in the nation. Check out High Stakes Fantasy–An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller. Also available on Kindle:

Posted on June 6, 2019, in Baseball/Fantasy Baseball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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