Joseph J. Nitka

Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 22
National Memorial Panel / Row: East 48 / 31
Date of Birth: 02-Oct-1947
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
High School: Northeast Catholic High School
Street: Belgrade Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: SSGT
Date of Casualty: 06-Apr-1968
Province of Casualty: Quang Tri
Nitka thought American troops belonged in Vietnam despite his many narrow escapes with death in combat. Born in Germany, his family moved to Philadelphia when he was 13months old. A 1965 Northeast Catholic High School graduate, Nitka attended Temple University briefly and enlisted in the Army in July 1966. The 20-year-old staff sergeant, a squad leader, was ordered to Vietnam in December 1967 and assigned to Company A of the 2nd Battalion, 501st infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He died on April 6, 1968. Survivors included his parents and three sisters.