John Vincent ChutisStaff Sergeant
M CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
02 October 1941 - 30 April 1967
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The database page for John Vincent Chutis
John was a loving and caring person. He had a wonderful sense of humor, often to the dismay of his nephews whom he teased mercilessly. Unfortunately, his daughter never got the chance to know him in person, but she has learned about him through his family and the memories of his M Co, 3/3/3, Marine brothers.
The obituary clipping is from an Elizabeth, Pennsylvania area newspaper. It is submitted in loving memory by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Chutis Lee, and his wife, Suzanne Chutis.
Notes from The Virtual WallIn 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:
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his wife and daughter,
Beth Chutis Lee
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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