William Pitsenbarger - Vietnam War Medal Of Honor Winner

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    As a teen i worked and cruised in Piqua, Ohio where Pitsenbarger was from in the 80s. Around 20 years ago and 50 miles away, i arrested an older male for OVI. I knew he was a hard core alcoholic from many medic calls and very anti social. I took him home since i towed his car. I asked him about his military service due to his vietnam vet car sticker on the way home. His demeanor got better and he said he did para rescue in nam. I mentioned to him seeing Pitsenbarger signs and plaques in Piqua. He lit up and said, "You mean Pitsy?". He told many stories and Pitsy was the best. I dont think he every met Pitsenbarger from what I recall, but he knew everything he did and was well known for his heroics in all the other para rescue units. I never forgot that little encounter of history
     
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    A true hero. Thanks for posting that.
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Pitsenbarger
    "Citation:
    Airman First Class Pitsenbarger distinguished himself by extreme valor on April 11, 1966 near Cam My, Republic of Vietnam, while assigned as a Pararescue Crew Member, Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On that date, Airman Pitsenbarger was aboard a rescue helicopter responding to a call for evacuation of casualties incurred in an on-going firefight between elements of the United States Army's 1st Infantry Division and a sizable enemy force approximately 35 miles east of Saigon. With complete disregard for personal safety, Airman Pitsenbarger volunteered to ride a hoist more than one hundred feet through the jungle, to the ground. On the ground, he organized and coordinated rescue efforts, cared for the wounded, prepared casualties for evacuation, and insured that the recovery operation continued in a smooth and orderly fashion. Through his personal efforts, the evacuation of the wounded was greatly expedited. As each of the nine casualties evacuated that day were recovered, Pitsenbarger refused evacuation in order to get one more wounded soldier to safety. After several pick-ups, one of the two rescue helicopters involved in the evacuation was struck by heavy enemy ground fire and was forced to leave the scene for an emergency landing. Airman Pitsenbarger stayed behind, on the ground, to perform medical duties. Shortly thereafter, the area came under sniper and mortar fire. During a subsequent attempt to evacuate the site, American forces came under heavy assault by a large Viet Cong force. When the enemy launched the assault, the evacuation was called off and Airman Pitsenbarger took up arms with the besieged infantrymen. He courageously resisted the enemy, braving intense gunfire to gather and distribute vital ammunition to American defenders. As the battle raged on, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to care for the wounded, pull them out of the line of fire, and return fire whenever he could, during which time, he was wounded three times. Despite his wounds, he valiantly fought on, simultaneously treating as many wounded as possible. In the vicious fighting which followed, the American forces suffered 80 percent casualties as their perimeter was breached, and airman Pitsenbarger was finally fatally wounded. Airman Pitsenbarger exposed himself to almost certain death by staying on the ground, and perished while saving the lives of wounded infantrymen. His bravery and determination exemplify the highest professional standards and traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force. "

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    You don't win the Medal of Honor, it's not a prize.
     
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    Quite right. One "receives" the MOH, thereby becoming a "recipient" of the MOH.
     
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