War Veterans in U.S.A. Of Croatian Descent

Today is Veteran’s Day – 11 November – I pay tribute to all veterans wherever they are and just so you know among US veterans there are those of Croatian descent among them!

Ronald Lawrence Kovic    Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Ronald Lawrence Kovic
Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Ronald Lawrence Kovic, was paralyzed in Vietnam War. Author of book “Born on the Fourth of July” which was made into Oliver Stone’s film, Tom Cruise portrayed Ron Kovic.  Kovic received the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay on January 20, 1990, exactly 22 years to the day that he was wounded in Vietnam. His father was Croatian and his mother Irish.

Paul Bucha Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Paul William Bucha
Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Paul William Bucha is an American Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor.  His paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from the Croatian town of Nasice.

Louis Cukela Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Louis Cukela
Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Louis Cukela was a United States Marine numbered among the nineteen two-time recipients of the Medal of Honor. Cukela was awarded the Medal by both the US Army and the US Navy for the same action during the Battle of Soissons in World War I. Louis Cukela was born Vjekoslav Lujo Čukela in Split, Croatia – he immigrated to US in 1913.

Leonard Matlovich Photo: www.leonardmatlovich.com

Leonard Matlovich
Photo: http://www.leonardmatlovich.com

Leonard P. Matlovich was a Vietnam War veteran, race relations instructor, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.  Born in US, was a gay rights activist of note.

Michael J Novosel Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Michael J Novosel
Photo: courtesy of Wikipedia

Michael J. Novosel, Sr. served in the United States military in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He flew the B-29 Superfortress bomber in World War II. In order to serve in the Vietnam War, he gave up the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve to become a chief warrant officer in the Army. For his bravery in conducting a medical evacuation under fire in this conflict, he was awarded the United States’ highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. Also awarded: Distingushed Flying Croaa, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


  1. Branko Kramaric says:

    To all veterans every where, thank you for your service and sacrifices. Without the efforts you put in, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today. In Australia, it’s called Rememberence Day, Marking the end of WW1 but all our veterans are given the due respect that they all deserve. Lest We forget!..

  2. We remember all our veterans!

  3. From Facebook: “Today we honor American Veterans …
    Ina Vukic lists a few notable Croatian – American Veterans
    there are other perhaps less notable Croatian – American Veterans who quietly served I was USAF for a bit my oldest son is still US Army: Afghanistan, Iraq, Ft Hood, Bosnia, etc etc.
    I’m particularly proud of him. Quite a number of Croatian – Americans have served or are serving … “

  4. A day we, the whole world, should remember those who gave their lives for us 🙂

  5. Excellent tribute!

  6. Mim Jurcev says:

    Thank you! Also, we remember Peter Tomich , Pearl Harbor who lost his life while saving his ship mates.

  7. Dear Madam Thank you very much for congratulations sent to ROMANIA!
    Allow me to congratulate myself for CROATIA
    dam qualified for participation in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014!
    My prediction for qualification game between Croatia-Island is one singer
    (that will qualify Croatian national)!
    All the best!
    With great esteem,

  8. Well said!

  9. Wonderful tribute for the heroes.jalal

  10. What a wonderful story. He is a brave man and he deserves recognition. Hugs, Barbara

  11. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    This Croatian man served in WWII.

  12. Lest we forget. Thank you all Veterans.


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