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Nunzio F. Messina
LISBON, N.H. - BMCS Nunzio F. Messina, USN Retired,

81, of Savageville Road, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 20.
He was born in Braintree, MA, son of Antonio and Rosa (Zanghi) Messina.
He entered the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He participated in major naval campaigns in the Pacific Theater of World War II, serving on various destroyers of the famed Desron 23 "Little Beavers" squadron, under the command of Arleigh Burke until the end of the war. During his remaining 28 years, he home ported out of Newport, RI. Deploying around the world in times of crisis including three times to Indochina during the Viet Nam Conflict. He culminated his 30 plus year career as a Senior Chief and as Chief Master at arms at the Fleet Training Center, Newport, RI. For his superior performance he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy. He retired in 1973 and moved to Lisbon in 1986. He survived many Kamikaze attacks during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 68, the Disabled American Veterans, Granite State #2, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 816, The Fleet Reserve Association, the Kamikaze Survivors Association, and the USS Aulick (DD-569) Association. In his retirement he enjoyed fishing, entertaining old shipmates, friends, his family and working in his gardening.
He is survived by his wife Ilse Messina, Lisbon, NH; two sons Antonia Messina, North Smithfield, RI, Paul Messina, Boerne, TX; two grandchildren; and a brother Francis Messina, Braintree, MA.
Private Services will be held at the Ross Funeral Home on Friday, February 24, 2006, and burial will follow in the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH.
Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH 03561, or to the Lisbon Life Squad, 46 School Street, Lisbon, NH 03585.
Those wishing to sign an electronic register may log onto www.rossfuneral.com.

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