Cutinha, Nicholas Joseph, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Gia Dinh
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Denaud Cemetery - Denaud, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42E 030

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialLegion Of Valor
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment/C Company25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1968-1968, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Ambush at Hoc Mon
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Army Service Number: 53579467 

My Great Uncle
Posted on 3/21/14
Dear Great Uncle,
I never met and you and am too young to have ever met you but you are my family and I read what you did and came to tears. You are a hero and thank you for your service and wish I could've met you.
Thank you. May you rest in peace
Trystin Cutinha

Mitchell Holloway A friend from the same Company 4333 7th Avenue Marianna, FL 32446 USA Porky at Katum I met "Porky" a few days after I joined the 4th Bn./9th Inf. (Manchus) at the dustiest place in the world, a forward basecamp called Katum near the Black Virgin Mountain northeast of TayNinh. In early January 1968 there wasn't much happening except the occasional mortar attack so we had time to visit, play cards and talk about home. I was in the 81MM mortar platoon and Porky (who I never knew by his given name) was in a rifle platoon, a machine-gunner. But he got around and visited with some of the fellows he had been in training with in the states. He was a likable fellow with a friendly manner and an infectious grin. I read the account of what Nicholas did the day we were ambushed at the Hoc Mon Bridge. I feel honored to know that we once sat and talked about home, maybe even our girlfriends. Monday, June 04, 2001

 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While serving as a machine gunner with Company C, Sp4c. Cutinha accompanied his unit on a combat mission near Gia Dinh. Suddenly his company came under small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket propelled grenade fire, from a battalion size enemy unit. During the initial hostile attack, communication with the battalion was lost and the company commander and numerous members of the company became casualties. When Sp4c. Cutinha observed that his company was pinned down and disorganized, he moved to the front with complete disregard for his safety, firing his machinegun at the charging enemy. As he moved forward he drew fire on his own position and was seriously wounded in the leg. As the hostile fire intensified and half of the company was killed or wounded, Sp4c. Cutinha assumed command of all the survivors in his area and initiated a withdrawal while providing covering fire for the evacuation of the wounded. He killed several enemy soldiers but sustained another leg wound when his machinegun was destroyed by incoming rounds. Undaunted, he crawled through a hail of enemy fire to an operable machinegun in order to continue the defense of his injured comrades who were being administered medical treatment. Sp4c. Cutinha maintained this position, refused assistance, and provided defensive fire for his comrades until he fell mortally wounded. He was solely responsible for killing 15 enemy soldiers while saving the lives of at least 9 members of his own unit. Sp4c. Cutinha's gallantry and extraordinary heroism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army. 

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