Valour and Courage: A sharp gunner and writer By Adrian David - October 12, 2021 @ 3:40pm
Death or Glory
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The Courageous
Who Have Looked At
Death In The Eye
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Stories Of Valour
Courage
Nuffnang
Miscellaneous
No Atheists
In A Foxhole
“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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A sharp gunner and writer By Adrian David - October 12, 2021 @ 3:40pm
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
RMAF flight-sergeant (Rtd) Peter Floriano Nunis (seated) with wife Marie Antoniette Rodrigues, son Darren Jason and daughters Joanne (standing, right) and Jean Marie at their home in Bandar Baru Sri Manjung, Sitiawan, Perak. -Pic courtesy of family of Peter Nunis

New Straits Times  KUALA LUMPUR: He kept a sharp eye on enemy gunfire, deep in the jungles of Malaya at the height of the communist insurgency.

And many a time, he and his aircrew put their lives on line as they escorted other aircraft dropping supplies, mobilizing troops or rescuing injured comrades.

But former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air-quartermaster and retired flight-sergeant Peter Floriano Nunis did not flinch and inch, despite being shot upon by communist terrorists.

Nunis had served as an Alouette III helicopter gunner during his prime, including during the Confrontation with Indonesia (when Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963).

After retirement, Nunis was equally sharp with his pen, serving the New Straits Times as a stringer (freelance journalist) for a good many years, covering military affairs and social news from 1991 to 2013.

Sadly, the gritty Nunis succumbed to a heart attack and died at about noon at the Sitiawan Hospital in Perak on Monday. He was 79.

His son Darren Jason, 47, said his father's wake was being held today (Tuesday) at their residence in Bandar Baru Sri Manjung, Sitiawan.

Nunis' funeral is tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Pundut crematorium in Sitiawan.

Besides Jason, Nunis leaves behind wife Marie Antoniette Rodrigues and daughters Joanne, 44, and Jean Marie, 40.

Jason said Nunis had initially joined Britain's Royal Air Force in 1961 and served until 1966.

"He was trained at the RAF station in Seletar, Singapore as an aero-engine tradesman before being posted to the aircraft servicing flight at RAF Changi, Singapore.

"With the Malaysianisation of our armed forces, my father then joined the RMAF in 1967 and moved on to become an air-quartermaster (AQM), until his retirement in 1984," said Darren.

He recounted how Nunis had scored his first and only front page lead in the NST in the 1999, reporting on a Colombian couple – Pedro Mejia and his wife - who survived 'the bends' (decompression sickness) after a diving trip off Thailand.

"He loved to write and had a passion to contribute numerous social and military affair stories for the newspaper.

"He had, after retiring from the RMAF, worked with a Q-Lin Sdn Bhd which was a naval spares parts supplier in Lumut, Perak.

"He used his good contacts in the defence industry and wrote extensively on naval and military affairs for the NST," said Darren.

Meanwhile, former RMAF assistant chief of staff (development and planning) Major-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Che Yahya Idris was full of praise for the late Nunis.

"I salute him and am very sad on his demise.

"Together, we flew at least a 100 operational sorties in front-line jungle operations.

"He was a very good AQM, who was well prepared, up-to-date and reliable.

"I remember one occasion when our Alouette was under heavy gunfire by communist terrorists, during a mission.

"We received a radio call from our troops on the ground to abort the mission and return later.

"It probably saved our lives," said Che Yahya, who retired in 2011 after 40 years with the RMAF.

He said they last spoke in June 2019 during a grand reunion for RMAF helicopter pilots in Labuan, Sabah.

Retired Armed Forces Health Services Division director-general Major-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Pahlawan Dr R. Mohanadas also spoke credibly of Nunis, whom he described as a prolific writer for the NST.

"He was a good friend when I was serving at the Royal Malaysian Navy hospital in Lumut, where we often met.

"Nunis was deft at writing many memorable stories of the navy and the hospital, as well as other happenings around the region," said Mohanadas.

He added that Nunis was a familiar figure at the RMN base in Lumut.

"Being an ex-serviceman, he was familiar with military protocol and traditions, and hence got along getting his stories with ease for the NST.

"He mixed well with all ranks and was always present in base activities, big or small, and reported well and timely," said Dr Mohanadas.

He recalled when soon after the RMN's hospital had its first hyperbaric chamber installed, there was a Colombian couple who had gone diving off Thailand.

"The woman diver developed 'the bends' and was referred to be treated at the RMN naval hospital in Lumut.

"She recovered well and flew back safely to Colombia. "Nunis' story of her experience became a headline news for the NST in 1999," said Dr Mohanadas.

Nunis brother-in-law and former NST Perak bureau chief, Jerry Francis said the former was given a last respect by veterans and friends that befitted a true Malaysian patriot.
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