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Nicholas Joseph Cutinha

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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While on a combat mission near Gia Dinh, Specialist Fourth Class Cutinha's company came under small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket propelled grenade fire, from a battalion size enemy unit. During the initial attack the company commander and numerous men of the company became casualties. When Sp4 Cutinha observed that his company was pinned down and disorganized, he moved to the front, firing his machinegun at the charging enemy. As he moved forward he was seriously wounded in the leg. As the hostile fire intensified and half of the company was killed or wounded, he assumed command of all the survivors in his area and initiated a withdrawal while providing covering fire for 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 to an operable machinegun to continue the defense of his comrades who were being administered medical treatment. He maintained this position, refused assistance, and provided defensive fire for his comrades until he fell mortally wounded. He personally killed 15 enemy soldiers while saving the lives of at least nine members of his own unit.

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