The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Carroll Laverne Tuthill, who died in the service of his country on June 24th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Carroll was 30 years of age. He was from Stockport, Ohio. Carroll is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 08E, Line 89.
The decorations earned by SP4 Carroll Laverne Tuthill include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.
Area Man Killed in Viet Nam
Specialist Fourth Class Carroll L. Tuthill, 30, native of Brownsville was killed by gunfire last Friday, June 24, while fighting with the famed 25th Infantry Division in Viet Nam, it was learned yesterday.
Tuthill, son of Mrs. Dorothy Field of Brownsville and Russell Tuthill of Stockport, had been serving in Viet Nam six months. Word of his death was received by his mother in a telegram from the Defense Department. There were no details.
Tuthill was born July 25, 1935, and was a seven year veteran of the Army. He received his basic training at Fort Knox, KY., and had served in Germany before being assigned to Viet Nam.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his widow, Verena, who is in Hawaii; a brother, Donald Tuthill of Jacksontown; a sister, Mrs. Clyde (Connie) Smart of Thornville Route 3; a half-sister, Patty Field; a half-brother, Michael Field of Brownsville; and a step-brother and step-sister, William Field and Mrs. Mira Arbaugh, both of Newark.
The body will be brought to DeLong and Baker Funeral Home.
Servies for Specialist Fourth Class Carroll L. Tuthill, 30 of Brownsville, who was killed in action (June 24) while fighting with the famed 25th Infantry Division in Viet Nam, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the DeLong and Baker Funeral Home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Brownsville. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
(His BSV Citation)
General Orders 24, Award of The Bronze Star for Heroism, 25th Division, 30 July 1966
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Tuthill distinguished himself by heroic actions on 24 June 1966 while serving as a rifleman the Reconnaissance Platoon for the 1/35th Infantry on a combat patrol. As the platoon was sweeping an area they were suddenly brought under fire by a reinforced company of NVA. Specialist Tuthill and members of his squad were immediately pinned down in an exposed position. Realizing that his squad faced annihilation if they did not withdraw, Specialist Tuthill volunteered to stay behind to provide covering fire for the squad, Because of Specialist Tuthill's accurate firing the squad was able to withdraw to less exposed positions. Before he could rejoin his squad, Specialist Tuthill was slain in the exposed position from which he had so admirably fought. Specialist Tuthill's unimpeachable valor, devotion to duty, and courage in close combat with the enemy are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.