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NICHOLAS LOUIS VENDITTI


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 12/26/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On July 10, 1969, new arrivals were undergoing orientation at LZ Bayonet after recently landing in Vietnam. While attending a morning training session, a sergeant was conducting a demonstration on fragmentation grenades. Somehow, a live M26 grenade was being demonstrated instead of an inert one. The grenade inexplicable left the instructor’s hands and fell to the floor without its safety pin inserted. It rolled under a table occupied by students and detonated. SP5 Timothy T. Williams was killed in the blast. Another 25 students were injured. WO Nicholas L. Venditti, a helicopter pilot from the 16th Aviation Group, suffered critical injuries and was flown to the 312th Evacuation Hospital at nearby Chu Lai Combat Base where he died five days later from pulmonary emboli. WO Wilbur J Vachon III, another pilot from the 16th Aviation Group, was also evacuated. He died on July 17, 1969, two weeks after arriving in country. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “Tragedy at Chu Lai” by David Venditta]
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 11/26/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Warrant Officer Nicholas Louis Venditti, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Aviation Group, Americal Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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  • Broken Hearts have long memories

    Posted on 7/28/16 - by Dyanne Delaney
    Nicky,
    You were such a handsome and wonderful guy, engaged to my best friend, Terri Mullen who I had known since grade school. When we got the horrific news, it was life-shattering. I don't even need to close my eyes to see the faces of all who loved you in the funeral parlor. I held on to Terri as we walked together to your casket to say our goodbyes. Tears still sting my eyes and flow freely as I remember that moment, and think of the countless members of families and friends of soldiers who, like you, paid the ultimate price for freedom. I never pass your house, raise a flag, honor Memorial or Veterans Day, or hear taps without thinking of you. I hope, as you look down from heaven, you know some hearts which were broken when you left will always remember you. And I hope, if there are roaring fast cars in heaven, that God had a smokin' hot one ready for you!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO Nicholas Louis Venditti, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Army Flight School Classmate

    Posted on 2/12/14 - by James Wollard
    Nick and I were in same flight class at Ft Rucker Al. In 1969. We both went to Nam at same time. Nick was assigned somewhere up north, I was assigned to IV corps. I learned about Nicks passing while in country from another classmate. I have never forgotten Nick. He was a muscle car guy like myself. He bought a 69 Camaro SS 396 4 speed at Ft Rucker before graduating. We had lots of fun in that car. I think about my friends from flight school all the time. RIP Nick.
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