By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Walter Nutt




Rank and Unit:  Private First Class, Company D, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  28 April 1969,  Republic of Vietnam

Reason:   For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  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 ad 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.


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