Nutley History Series Begins With Nutley Sons Honor Roll - August 5

Nutley History Series Begins

Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Free Weekly Program for Students and Adults

NUTLEY, N.J. -- The first session of a new historical program "Celebrating America, Celebrating Nutley" begins Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Public Affairs Building, Chestnut Street, Nutley, N.J.

Anthony Buccino of the Nutley Historical Society will present the opening session. His topic will be an introduction to Nutley Sons Honor Roll, remembering the men who paid for our freedom, based on his research and book of the same name.

 Sponsored by Commissioner Steven Rogers, the history series will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of August. Nutley students as well as adults are invited to attend and participate in the series which ends on Aug. 28.

There is no cost for the program.

"If you plan to attend, please call us at 973-284-4976," Commissioner Rogers asks. There is no cost for the program and refreshments will be served.


MIA ID Card Found After 45 Years

The Nutley Sun this week reports the recovery of an ID card of Nutley's Vietnam War MIA Lt. David Dinan III.

From The Nutley Sun: 

Nutley Lt. David Thomas Dinan III's military identification card was recently found by a rescue team, 45 years after his body was left in Laos during the Vietnam War.
"It was just absolutely astounding," John Dinan, David's brother, of Nutley told the Sun. "I never thought they would find anything."

Nutley Lt. David Thomas Dinan III was killed in action on March 17, 1969 in Laos, during the Vietnam War at the age of 25.Nutley Lt. David Thomas Dinan's military identification card was recently uncovered by former pararescueman Leland Sorensen (below) of Idaho, 45 years following Dinan's death.
David Dinan, an air force F105S pilot, was killed in action on March 17, 1969, at the age of 25, after his parachute went down in Laos, located near Vietnam during the war. Dinan had been forced to eject from his plane after his jet had been hit by ground fire. He had parachuted into the trees, went crashing down a steep hill and got wrapped in his parachute. Dinan had been a pilot from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Airbase, Thailand.

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More information about Nutley son Lt. David Dinan III.


C. Bruce Dunthorn

Informed of Son's Death In Action In South Pacific 

C. Bruce Dunthorn, Marine Killed In Cape Gloucester Invasion Mission 

(March 3, 1944) - In a telegram received Wednesday from Lt. General A. A. Vandergriff of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Dunthorn of High Street were informed of the death in action Jan. 15, of their son, Pfc. Cecil Bruce Dunthorn, 22, of the celebrated Fifth Marines.

Two days before they had received a letter from Pfc. Jon La Barbera, one of Bruce's buddies telling them of their son's death while on a mission early in February during the invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Guinea.

Lt. Gen. Vandergriff's wire stated that Bruce was "killed in action in the performance of duty and service of his country."

Pfc. La Barbera wrote: "Before he passed away, Bruce asked me to write home for him. I have known Bruce for two years and we've been through thick and thin. When we lost Bruce, we lost the squad. He was undoubtedly the best. Two boys attempted to bring him to safety but did not succeed. One of the boys was wounded, the other was not hurt." When he returned he would be able to tell the story in detail.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunthorn last heard from their son in a letter written Jan. 24, in which he had asked that some toothpaste be sent to him. Earlier, in reply to a letter from his parents in which they had asked what he would like to have for Christmas, he had written that he wanted "only a handful of snow."

Pfc. Dunthorn, who was a sniper scout, had also taken part in most of the battle of Guadalcanal. He had been left behind in New Caledonia because of a broken wrist, but a few days later managed to stow away on a bomber and joined his unit at Guadalcanal.

He entered into the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor, and trained at Parris Island, S.C., and New River, N.C. His unit left New River in May 1942 for New Zealand where they went through an earthquake a day or two after arrival.

After Guadalcanal, Pfc. Dunthorn was evacuated to Brisbane, Australia, going from there to a town near Melbourne for a short rest. He later went to New Guinea for several months duty there.

On Feb. 4, Mr. and Mrs. Dunthorn had received word that their son had been recommended for the Navy V-12 training program in this country.

He is a graduate of Nutley high school.

A brother, Lt. Cyrus Dunthorn Jr., 25, is serving with an ordnance ammunition company in the Aleutians. He was graduated from Nutley high school and won a scholarship to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He later attended Rutgers university.

Another brother, Gunners Mate s/c Byron Dunthorn, is in the Navy armed guard and is captain of a gun crew on a merchant ship. When he last wrote to his family, he was in Scotland. He is also a graduate of Nutley high school and enlisted on Navy Day.

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