Wenzel: Veteran celebrates 100th birthday, MHS football player receives award

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Wenzel: Veteran celebrates 100th birthday, MHS football player receives awardMARLBOROUGH – A man from the “greatest generation,” John Nunzio Martino, was surprised on May 15 for his 100th birthday at a party held at the ITAM in Marlborough. 

Born in Marlborough on Dec. 23, 1921, his friends and family waited for spring to celebrate his century of living milestone out-of-doors at the Italian American Veteran’s Post 45.

“Nunzy,” as he was known, was sworn into the USNR, on July 27, 1943, and he served in the Pacific conflict of World War II on the USS Franklin United States Aircraft Carrier CV-13 in the Pacific. 

During his service, he was aboard a ship struck by a kamikaze pilot and at another time when the flight deck was hit by Japanese bombs.

Wenzel: Veteran celebrates 100th birthday, MHS football player receives award
A man from the “greatest generation,” John Nunzio Martino, was surprised recently for his 100th birthday at a party held at the ITAM in Marlborough. In the photo, he is being presented with a citation from state Rep. Danielle Gregoire. (Photo/Mary Wenzel)

In April 1946, he received an honorable discharge and carried with him the following medals: WWII Victory, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre (4 stars), American Theatre and Philippine Liberation (1 star).

At the birthday celebration, Nunzy was presented with a citation from state Rep. Danielle Gregoire and a recognition plaque from ITAM Commander Jim Bell.

Nunzy was married to the late Regina Martino. Their family includes son Richard and his wife Pearl Martino and daughter Marsha and her husband Robert Gleason. There are four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

CAM GINNETTI, a senior at Marlborough High School, was presented with The Courageous Player Award from the Massachusetts State Football Coaches Association. 

The award is presented to a senior member of a varsity football team, who played physically challenged, suffered a hardship or was an inspiration to their team.

Wenzel: Veteran celebrates 100th birthday, MHS football player receives awardHe was accompanied by Coach Graham Asum and Coach Mike Yates.

MARISSA PETTY, daughter of Tina and Scott Petty, has completed her freshman year at Northeastern University, majoring in international business. She was chosen to study in Italy, where she is now, for one month with a group of students from Northeastern. Congratulations Marissa.

Join others for a MOVIE IN THE PARK on Friday, June 3, at Kelleher Field, 45 Jefferson St., in Marlborough. 

Disney’s “Encanto” will be playing on the big screen with free popcorn and ice cream available. Marlborough Lions Club members will be selling pizza, drinks, and snacks. 

Bring a blanket or chair for seating. The movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m. Admission is free. 

THE MARLBOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT recently hosted a retirement celebration for 32 year veteran Cathy Digou. Mayor Vigeant attended and presented Cathy with a citation which recognized and thanked her for her service.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 

May 30 – Marlene King and Dottie O’Brien

June 4 – Bob Gregoire and Kathy Whitney

June 5 – Brenda Geary and Joe Graceffa

June 6 – J. Michael McGorty and Elaine Mahony

June 7 – Walter Bonin

June 9 – Rosemary Rimkus and Patty Cappadona

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