VIETNAM - NICOLINI, RICHARD DOMENIC

Nicolini, Richard Domenic

VIETNAM - NICOLINI, RICHARD DOMENIC
NICOLINI, RICHARD DOMENIC

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: I Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: 1st platoon

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 20-Apr-1947

Hometown: Elmont, New York

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 20-Jul-1967

Incident date: 1-Apr-1968

Date of casualty: 1-Apr-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Richard Domenic Nicolini died as the result of wound received when he engaged a hostile force in a firefight while passenger in military vehicle on combat operation. / (Individual transported to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh.)

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 George Lee Myers
PFC Richard Domenic Nicolini

Location of fatality: Hua Nghia, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 47E 035 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS RICHARD DOMENIC NICOLINI
14 FEBRUARY 1968
I TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Nicolini distinguished himself on 14 February 1968, while serving as a Machine Gunner with Troop I, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. When his unit came under an intense barrage of hostile fire, Private Nicolini left his armored cavalry assault vehicle and exposed himself to enemy marksmen in order to evacuate several seriously wounded comrades to a safe position. Private First Class Nicolini’s heroic actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 2630 (22 April 1968)

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