Rafael Gómez Nieto

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Gómez Nieto in 2017

Rafael Gómez Nieto (21 January 1921 – 31 March 2020) was a Spanish soldier. He was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and World War II.[1][2] He was born in Almería, Andalusia.[3] He fought with "Lleva del Biberó" and was part of the Battle of the Ebro with Spanish Republican Army.[4]

After the war, he went to France where he was kept in the Saint-Cyprien camp. Four months later he was able to reach Algeria with his father, who was in the Argelés internment camp. After the invasion of North Africa by the Allies during World War II, he became part of the 9th Company (La Nueve)[5] of the 2nd Armored Division that.

He died on 31 March 2020 in a nursing home in Strasbourg (France) from COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. He was the last living survivor of La Nueve.[6]

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  1. Fallece el último superviviente de la compañía que liberó París de los nazis (in Spanish)
  2. Lefebvre, Michel (5 April 2020). "La mort de Rafael Gomez Nieto, dernier soldat de la compagnie « Nueve » de la 2e DB". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. "GOMEZ Raphael". deces.matchid.io. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  4. "Fallece con coronavirus Rafael Gómez, último superviviente de 'La Nueve', la compañía de españoles que liberó París de los nazis". El Diario (in Spanish). 31 March 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. Fernández, Juan José (31 August 2019). "Rafael Gómez, el último de La Nueve: "No hagáis guerras, solo las ganan los ricos"". El Periódico (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  6. Gil, Iñaki (31 March 2020). "Muere por coronavirus el último superviviente de los españoles que liberaron París de los nazis". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial Información General, S.L.U. Retrieved 1 April 2020.