Chutis, John Vincent, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
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0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1966-1967, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)/Mike Co
Service Years
1960 - 1967

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Apr 30, 1967
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Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
IOOF Cemetery - Berlin, Pennsylvania
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18E 119

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3rd Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)
  1966-1967, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)/Mike Co
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  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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In early April 1967 the North Vietnamese Army's 325C Division (18th, 95th, and 101st Regiments) moved through Laos and positioned itself to capture the combat base at Khe Sanh. By 25 April the 18th Regiment had emplaced itself on Hill 861, one of three hills which controlled key terrain around Khe Sanh. The 3rd Marine Division commander determined that the three hills had to be denied to the enemy. After heavy fighting, the Marines captured Hill 661, decimating the 18th Regiment, and turned toward Hills 881 North and 881 South, defended by the NVA 95th Regiment. The initial assault on Hill 881 South was made by elements of the 3rd and 9th Marines on 30 April and was not successful - the enemy was well entrenched on the crest of the steep hill and vigorously resisted the Marine advance. By nightfall, the Marines withdrew from the hill, having lost 44 men from Kilo 3/9 and Mike 3/3, with well over a hundred wounded. Hill 881 South was subjected to heavy supporting arms fire on 01 May and captured on 02 May. Mike 3/3 had led the assault. According to Murphy's The Hill Fights, Mike 3/3 started the day with 161 men on their rolls. At day's end, they had 80 - 25 dead had been brought out, 54 were wounded, and 2 were missing in action, an accounting which is supported by the 3/3 Command Chronologies for April and May 1967. There actually were three missing Marines: Sergeant Milton E. Prescott, who had disappeared and was not found after the hill was secured. His remains were recovered in September 1971 and he was buried in Willow Springs, Illinois, on 23 Sep 1971. Lance Corporal Danny R. Brotz, a rifleman with Kilo 3/9. LCpl Brotz's remains were found on 31 May 1967, but were not identified until 16 January 1974 - more than two years after Sergeant Prescott was brought home to his family. The 2nd Platoon's point man, Pfc Randy N. McPhee, who was killed by grenades just as 2nd Platoon entered the battle. Although he was known dead, his body was not recovered during the withdrawal, nor could he be located after Hill 881S was secured. His remains have not been recovered. Mike 3/3's dead were 2ndLt Joseph R. Mitchell, Alexander City, AL (Bronze Star "V") SSgt Karol R. Bauer, Philadelphia, PA SSgt John V. Chutis, Elizabeth, PA Sgt Milton E. Prescott, Blue Island, IL Cpl Bobby J. Ard, Tupelo, MS Cpl William D. Early, Akron, OH Cpl Douglas P. Hallock, Schenectady, NY Cpl James Mines, New Brunswick, NJ Cpl Robert J. Schley, Oregon, WI (Navy Cross) Cpl Larry M. Smith, Martinsville, IN LCpl Michael I. Colley, Birmingham, AL LCpl Robert J. Kotik, Mc Kees Rocks, PA LCpl Michael R. Morgan, Bethpage, NY (Silver Star) LCpl Francis M. Palma, Philadelphia, PA LCpl Peter Mazzillo, Avenel, NJ LCpl Frank T. Roth, Philadelphia, PA LCpl Marvin A. Schafer, Butler, KY Pfc James A. Randall, Somerville, AL LCpl Charles Shiver, Wichita Falls, TX LCpl James H. Whisenhunt, Crescent City, CA (Silver Star) Pfc George B. Byrd, Orlando, FL Pfc Charles H. Duty, Bluff City, TN Pfc Jerry W. Hood, Cincinnati, OH Pfc Randy N. McPhee, Long Beach, CA (Body not recovered) Pfc Peter R. Ommen, Central City, SD Pfc Ricky G. Smith, Gadsden, AL Pfc Dorsey B. Williams, Johnson City, TN

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