This Is Rutherford
Honoring Local Veteran Vincent Mancuso
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
By Joan Tidona and Jennifer Ersalesi
Vincent Mancuso was a Rutherford resident who served our country admirably. He was a 1958 graduate of Rutherford High School. A highly decorated Army Colonel, Vinnie served with great distinction during the Vietnam War. Sadly, Colonel Mancuso passed away January 4, 2018. His illness was likely a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. Vincent was interred in Arlington National Cemetery. His service was also recognized by the Rutherford Historical Commission during last year’s Veteran’s Day Observance.
Mancuso’s remarkable service and outstanding bravery during the Vietnam War is worthy of recognition in his hometown of Rutherford, as well. This is an excerpt from his obituary regarding his military service:
Vincent is a highly decorated retired Army colonel and master aviator who was shot down four times in combat. Among his medals and awards, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, 32 Air Medals (many with V Devices worn to denote "participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy"), the Legion Of Merit, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 2 Bronze Stars w/ V Devices as well as many service medals. During his military career he earned several Bachelor of Arts Degrees, one from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of California. He is also a graduate of the New Jersey Military Academy. His final two Army assignments were with helicopter research and development and finally as an Inspector General with Forces Command.