WALTER L NUTT III
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 72 OF THE WALL

WALTER LEE NUTT III

WALL NAME

WALTER L NUTT III

PANEL / LINE

26W/72

DATE OF BIRTH

12/19/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN PHONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/28/1969

HOME OF RECORD

DES MOINES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Polk County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WALTER LEE NUTT III
POSTED ON 12.6.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Walter Lee Nutt III, 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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POSTED ON 5.10.2013
POSTED BY: Faces to go with names Iowa

Call for photos Iowa

photo provided by Mary Lewis

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POSTED ON 7.20.2011
POSTED BY: E. Gross

Peace Be With You

Walter & I arrived at 9th infantry headquarters in Dong Tam on the afternoon of March 25 1969, it was the same day the VC attacked and blew up the ammo dump, we were on the second floor of the FNG barracks, we had only been in Vietnam for a couple of days and were already in the thick of it.
Walter slept through the explosions even after everyone else ran for cover, as I ran by him I yelled 'INCOMING', before I got to the end of the long hallway I turned around and he was still sawing logs, so I ran back, shook him awake and we ran into the nearest bunker together, we were the last ones in.
This is how I first met Walter, (I knew him as Nutt). The bunker we sat in took a direct hit from a mortar round, the concusion picked us up about 18 inches in the air and blew a hole in the roof big enough to see the sky, in the confusion of having to run around and find a new bunker in the dark surrounded by shelling Walter and I got separated but the next day we both wound up together in the 4th of the 39th, him in Co 'D' and me in Co 'B'. We replaced the many men who were killed and wounded just the day before. I knew him for only a month, but I got to know him well in that short time, he was a big man and a brave man of strong faith and good morals , and he turned out to be the only friend I ever had at fire base Danger my whole time there. He told me he wasn't going to carry a weapon, I worried about him but I respected and agreed with many of his reasons, and I knew that he was very sincere.
It's been over 40 years now but I have never forgotten him since I met him, he was such a fine human and I did have the good fortune to know him and to live to tell about it. The price that Walter and many like him paid was not worth it, and it seems that we as a people have learned very little since then, and a new generation is ready to repeat the same hasty mistakes made then. Walter, someday I hope to see you again, but this time in a much better place.
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POSTED ON 6.19.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Walter is buried at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines,IA. BSM-OLC PH
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POSTED ON 11.3.2007
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE


PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

WALTER LEE NUTT III


who served as a

COMBAT MEDIC

with


COMPANY D

4th BATTALION

39th INFANTRY REGIMENT

9th INFANTRY DIVISION


became a posthumous recipient of the


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


PURPLE HEART

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL


and was entitled to wear the


COMBAT MEDIC BADGE



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PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

WALTER LEE NUTT III


served as a

MEDIC

with


COMPANY D

4th BATTALION

39th INFANTRY REGIMENT

" FIGHTING FALCONS "

9th INFANTRY DIVISION

" THE OLD RELIABLES "


CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Lee Nutt, III, Private First Class, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company D, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Private First Class Nutt distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 28 April 1969 during a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Fire Support Base Danger in Giao Duc District in Kien Phuong Province. As his platoon maneuvered through a densely vegetated area, Private Nutt walked behind the leading members of the file. Suddenly an enemy force initiated an ambush with a volley of shots that killed the first two men in the patrol and wounded four more. When he saw his fallen comrades, Private Nutt rushed through a hail of hostile fire and began to administer lifesaving aid to the injured. As he heroically made his way toward a third injured man, he was struck by enemy rounds which mortally wounded him. Private First Class Nutt's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE




14 February 1999
30 July 1999



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