The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Anthony Thomas Culotta, who died in the service of his country on November 13th, 1968 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Recoilless Rifle Attack on FSB Jean. At the time of his death Anthony was 21 years of age. He was from Shaker Heights, Ohio. Anthony is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 39W, Line 58.
The decorations earned by PFC Anthony Thomas Culotta include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
From the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer dated November 19, 1968.
Shaker Heights Man Killed in Viet Fighting
A Shaker Heights man has been killed in Vietnam -- the 287th Greater Clevelander to die in action there.
Mr. And Mrs. Sam T. Culotta, 3362 Chalfant Road, were notified by the Defense Department that their son, Army PFC Anthony T. Culotta, died Wednesday of gunshot wounds.
PFC Culotta, 21, was drafted in January and sent to Vietnam in July. He was graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1965.
Culotta worked in his fathers store, the Savemor Super Market, 3750 E. 116th Street.
Mrs. Culotta said her son was eagerly looking forward to a period of rest scheduled for later this month in Australia and that he had promised to call home from there.
Culotta is also survived by brothers Joseph and Salvatore and sisters Jinny Lynn and Sister Barbara Marie, a Dominican nun.
From the obituary file of the Cleveland Press
Name: Culotta, Corp. Anthony T.
Date: Nov 22, 1968 Page D4
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File Reel #102
Notes: Culotta. Corp. Anthony T. Culotta U.S. Army, killed in action, South Vietnam, beloved son of Sam and ninta (nee Comella) dearest brother of Sister Barbara Marie O.P., Joseph A., Salvatore, and Jennilynn, devoted grandson of Joseph Culotta (deceased) and Angelina (nee Cerritto), Anthony Comeila and Jennie (nee Corso) (deceased). Requiem Mass 10 A.M. Saturday, Nov. 23, at St Domonis Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the DiCicco and Sons Maytiele Heights Funeral Home. 5975 Mayfield Road (at Lander Rd.) Friday 2-5 and 7-10 P.M.