Flaps Up! Poetry, Prose, and Pictures
by Howard Brunn
“Flaps Up! is a book from the heart of an amazing man. It is a chronological journey, through poetry and photos, of his life and love. But it is also an eloquent statement from the wisdom and optimism of a man who has lived life to its fullest.” – Phillip Butler, CDR, USN (ret.), Warrior for Peace & Justice, Author -“Three Lives of a Warrior,” more than seven years as prisoner of war in Vietnam
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Howard Brunn is an iconic Carmel-by-the-Sea figure, rare in having been raised and schooled here, and departed for war from and returned here. Howard became a successful and popular local businessman, activist, city councilman, friend, parent and devoted husband.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Carmel, when his father opened a garage here in 1926. Brunn has been successful in just about every endeavor he has chosen. His life story is closely entwined with the history of the village he loves.
Howard attended the Sunset Grammar School, then went to the newly opened Carmel High School and graduated with its second class. He developed a taste for the theater. He acted in school plays, and, a natural leader, was elected president of the student body.
While in high school, he turned his attention to aviation, an interest that has never left him. Shortly before Pearl Harbor, he graduated from high school. He passed the exam for Aviation Cadet and went directly into the Army Air Corps. Stationed in Corsica during the war, he flew seventy combat missions, piloting B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean and European Theaters. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters, the European Theater Ribbon with four battle stars, and two Presidential Unit Citations.
After separation from the Air Force, Howard used the G.I. Bill and studied radio and theatre arts in Pasadena and Westwood. In 1955 he was back in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
• Paperback: 104 pages
• Publisher: Park Place Publications (June 26, 2015)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1935530755
• ISBN-13: 978-1935530756
• Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches