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NICHOLAS CANCILLA


is honored on Panel 28W, Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of GMG3 Nicholas Cancilla

    Posted on 3/10/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On March 26, 1969, river patrol boats (PBR’s) from River Division 571, Task Force 116, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, were in the process of entering night observation positions shortly after 2100 hours on the Kinh Cung Canal, 11 miles southwest of Tuyen Nhon in Kien Tuong Province, RVN, when they were attacked by the Viet Cong. PBR 128 received a rocket hit on its radar dome, resulting in four crewmembers wounded. Enemy automatic weapons fire killed one man and critically wounded another on PBR 148. Both boats then beached about 500 meters from the ambush site and called for a dustoff (medical evacuation by helicopter). Two additional PBR’s arrived on the scene and received light automatic weapons fire while covering the beached boats. Artillery fire was requested, and the first round was on deck one minute after the request. Two more PBR's with corpsmen aboard proceeded to the scene to administer first aid while awaiting the dustoff. Regional Force troops from Companies 857 and 161 immediately set out for the ambush site after hearing of the attack. Regional Force troops from Ap Bac were also enroute to the scene shortly after the attack. After sweeping the area, RF Companies 857 and 161 located five automatic weapons positions on the south bank and two on the north bank of the canal. Enemy casualties were unknown. U. S. casualties were two killed on PBR 148, GMG3 Nicholas Cancilla and GMG3 Donald R. Robertson, and four others wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, History, March 1969]
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  • THANK YOU

    Posted on 9/22/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik Bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear GMG3 Nicholas Cancilla,
    Thank you for your service as a Gunner's Mate (Guns) 3rd Class. Today is the first day of autumn, and time has passed since this war. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • For GMG3 Nicholas CANCILLA, USN...another of Altoona's bravest of heroes, who gave his all for us!!

    Posted on 4/30/15
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
    In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
    With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
    He was our defender, and he kept us free!
    He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
    He loved us so, and we should know.
    For we loved him so.
    Gunner's Mate Cancilla, you were the very essence of DUTY!...HONOR!...and COUNTRY! You had been there and done that in Vietnam, and off the coast of Vietnam! You were one brave man who did brave deeds for our America! You fought for the right without question or pause! Your name and fame are the BIRTHRIGHT of EVERY American citizen! In your youth and strength...your love and loyalty...you had given all that mortality can give to defend liberty everywhere! Altoona is very proud of you! You had sacrificed your life so that freedom and justice may live! You had lived up to the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land!...an ideal SO NOBLE that it arouses in all of us a sense of pride, and yet, of humility! You had sailed in harm's way! I strongly and honestly believe that Avonmore's own Jill Corey, whom I greatly and immensely admire as one of my three top favorite songbirds of all time, the other two being Walton-on-Thames's own Julie Andrews, England's musical queen, and London's own Dusty Springfield, another thrush from England, would be very bproud of your service to America, and the sacrifices you made to keep us and our country free! Well done, Sailor! Be thou at peace. SAIL NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • In memoriam to Nicholas Cancilla

    Posted on 12/12/14 - by GMG3 Robert Parra potntpncho@sbcglobal.net
    Nicholas, I remember when you and Robbie went out on patrol on PBR 148. I was on the pier and watched the boat pull away. I was also a PBR 148 gunner and was devastated when I heard that you and Robbie were killed. I never forgot you and thanks to this website was able to find your image again. I will pay tribute to you every time I visit The Viet Nam Wall. Thank you for your service.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear GMG3 Nicholas Cancilla, 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.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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The Wall of Faces

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