Pfc. Nicholas S. Pucci

Killed in Action in Pusan, Korea

Pfc. Nicholas S. Pucci, 18, died, Sept. 6, 1950, in Pusan, Korea.

Pucci, a son of Patrolman and Mrs. James V. Pucci of Woodland Avenue, was killed in action. He is Nutley's first casualty of the Korean War.

Pucci was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

Pucci, who left Nutley High School in July 1949, to enlist in the Army, was killed while fighting with a heavy artillery unit of the First Division on the Taegu front.

A telegram from Army authorities announcing his death in action came to the family only a short time after a letter arrived from Korea, dated Aug. 27, asking for cookies and candy to sweeten his Army rations.

Pucci had been stationed briefly in Japan with the First Division before the Korean affair developed.

Pucci is survived by his parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Angelina Policastro and Mrs. Katherine Boston, both of Nutley.

Three months after Pucci's death, the Avondale and Big Tree Boys Club asked the town to help build a memorial in his honor in Father Glotzbach Park.

Pfc. Nicholas S. Pucci


Adapted from The Nutley Sun, Sept. 22, 1950 and Dec. 8, 1950

Photo courtesy of the Pucci family.

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