A Soldier's Story: Specialist Nicholas Joseph Cutinha


Specialist Nicholas Joseph Cutinha was born on January 13, 1945, in Fernandina Beach Florida.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1967 and deployed to Gia Dinh Vietnam.

He earned a Congressional Medal of Honor on March 2, 1968, when his unit came under fire from a battalion-sized enemy force. Specialist Cutinha, with communications cut off and command either wounded or dead, moved to the front of the unit, initiating a retreat and providing cover fire. He maintained fire during his unit's retreat, despite sustaining moral wounds. 

Specialist Cutinha rests at Fort Denaut Cemetery in Fort Meyers Florida.