Nine local servicemen named
May 30, 2005
– Nine Nutley sons who perished in ‘peacetime vigilance’ will be remembered
from this day forward for their sacrifice after their names were carved into
a brown granite slab cut into a brownstone block quarried at the
Manor in this town more
than 200 years ago.
Through the efforts of the Nutley Veterans Council, Mayor Joanne Cocchiola,
township commissioners, the Nutley Parks Department and local writers
Andrea Buccino, the nine local heroes who died in peacetime and
were not listed on the township’s war memorials shall now be recognized for
their sacrifice in the name of freedom.
The plaque, designed by Jensen Monument and stone-cutter Nick Corolla, was
dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, fifty years after the first listed
soldier was killed in a plane crash returning from a tour in Korea in March
“It’s a fitting and beautiful tribute to these men, their sacrifice and
their families,” said writer Anthony Buccino, co-author of
Nutley Sons Honor
Roll – Remembering The Men Who Paid For Our Freedom, a collection of
biographies of 142 Nutley sons who perished in war and in service.
Buccino and his daughter Andrea began researching the men behind the names
in 2000. The small northern New Jersey township lost three men in the Civil
War, 17 men in WWI, 92 in WWII, 12 in the Korean War and 9 in the Vietnam
In their research, the Buccinos found nine Nutley sons who ‘paid for our
freedom with their lives in peacetime vigilance’ and set out to involve the
local veterans groups and the township commissioners in erecting a memorial
to these men.
"From this day forward, everyone shall
know their names," Buccino said. "This is our thank you to these Nutley
sons, for their sacrifice and their families' sacrifice, and their families' enduring
patience. Nutley thanks you."
The memorial reads:
Nutley Sons who paid for our
freedom with their lives in peacetime
The nine servicemen:
Sgt. Larry DiVuolo, 22, of Kingsland Road, a veteran of the Korean War, was
returning to the U.S. when the plane on which he was traveling crashed in
Hawaii on March 22, 1955. He was a graduate of Nutley High School, Class of
1951. He was survived by his parents Mrs. & Mrs. Dominick DiVuolo, and
sisters Carole, Louise and Carmella.
Airman 2/c Dennis R. Schutte, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Schutte of
High Street, was killed in an auto accident on the Luxembourg-Verdun Highway
in France in July 1956. Schutte was a graduate of Nutley High School, Class
of 1953. He was survived by a brother Dale.
Lt. Salvatore Pillitteri, 23, of Brown Street, was killed in a collision was
returning home from Fort Dix. A one-time student a the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, he was a platoon leader with the 69th Basic Training Regiment
at Fort Dix. He was a graduate of Nutley High School, Class of 1951.
Second Lt. Thomas W. Tuttle, Jr., 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle Sr., of Heatherington Road, an Air National Guard pilot, was killed in May 1958 when
his jet reconnaissance plane crashed at Detroit's Wayne Major Airport. He
left the University of Michigan in his senior year to begin pilot training.
He was survived by brothers David and Allan.
Lt. Frank Paul Jannarone Jr., 25, of High Street, was killed June 12, 1958,
when the B-47 bomber he was co-piloting crashed in Vermont. He was a
graduate of Nutley High School, Class of 1951. He earned a degree in
chemical engineering at Princeton. He is survived by his wife MaryAnn and
Nutley-born Staff Sgt. Charles A. Marsh, 45, died July 23, 1958, following a
highway accident near the Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Burlington, Vt.,
where he was stationed. He was a flight engineer and served in the Burma -
China - India theatre in World War II and the Korean War. Marsh held the Air
Medal with Cluster and the Korean Service Medal.
1st Lt. Charles Tillou, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Tillou of Rutgers
Place, was killed in a collision between an American transport plane and a
French fighter plane near Paris in September 1958. Lt. Tillou was a
life-long resident of Nutley graduated from Yanticaw elementary, and Nutley
High School Class of 1952.
Nutley-born Lt. (j.g.) Edward J. Zuczek, 22, was lost when the Navy
photo reconnaissance plane on which he was serving as navigator went down in
a storm at sea off Guam on October 18, 1958. Zuczek earned his Naval Pilot
Wings in 1957. He was survived by his parents, and brothers Benjamin and
Seaman Pervis Robison Jr., 21,of Passaic Avenue, was one of 129 servicemen
killed on April 10, 1963, when the U.S.S. Thresher, a submarine sank off the
coast of Cape Cod, Mass. Robison had been a track star at Nutley High School
where he was graduated in 1960. He was survived by his parents, Margaret and