Deasy resolution honoring Crafton Heights veteran KIA adopted by House

Pfc. Andrew Joseph Kukuruda died fighting in the Tet 69 Counteroffensive

HARRISBURG, March 19 – A House resolution honoring the life and sacrifice of late Pfc. Andrew Joseph Kukuruda, a U.S. Marine Corps machine gunner who was killed in Vietnam in 1969, was adopted last week by the state House of Representatives, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny.

Family and friends gathered Thursday – the 50th anniversary of his death – to remember Kukuruda’s service and sacrifice. Deasy was present during the memorial service, presenting H.R. 107 to Kukuruda’s family.

“Private First Class Kukuruda answered the call of duty during a time when the Vietnam War was highly contested,” Deasy said. “He unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country, but we’re all so grateful for his service. Kukuruda truly encompassed and best represents who we are as a community in the 27th Legislative District. He’ll be forever missed.”

Kukuruda, formerly of the Crafton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was killed March 14, 1969, during the Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province. Deasy said Kukuruda and other servicemen were fighting to retake a Marine landing zone when he was fatally wounded.

Kukuruda was born Dec. 3, 1950, and was a graduate of Langley High School. Upon graduation he joined the Marines and was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, 4th Marines, M Company.

He was killed three months into his deployment.