WILLIAM H PITSENBARGER
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM HART PITSENBARGER

WALL NAME

WILLIAM H PITSENBARGER

PANEL / LINE

6E/102

DATE OF BIRTH

07/08/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PROV UNKNOWN, MR III

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/11/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PIQUA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Miami County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A1C

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM HART PITSENBARGER
POSTED ON 4.2.2008

That Others May Live

Bill set The Standard

"It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save
life and aid the injured.

I will be prepared at all times to perform
my assigned duties quickly and efficiently,
placing these duties before personal desires
and comforts.

These things I do

That Others May Live."
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POSTED ON 4.8.2006
POSTED BY: Garnet Cooke

Your song

April 11th, 2006
Dear Pits,
Little did I know when I first saw that picture of you in that Feb. 2000 issue of the Airman magazine what an extraordinary impact you would have on my life.
Because of you Stacy and I got to go to the PJ school in Aug 2002 and hold your Medal of Honor in our hands and have the most amazing time!!
That next summer there was that forest fire started by 2 morons just 2 miles up the road. I was so freaked out as I drove up to see how bad it was and left unreassured. When I got home and the neighbor wanted to get his bearings, I went back. As we pulled to a stop at the road block, my mouth fell open and I couldn't believe my eyes. There before us was the most beautiful green and yellow Huskie. As I exclaimed quite loudly, "Oh my God! That's a HUSKIE!" all my fear was gone, as I felt you were watching over us. I didn't worry another second. Later when the pilot flew over the house I was so delighted--never in a million years did I expect to see your "ride" fly by my house.
Because of you last year I went to Viet Nam by myself- my first trip out of the country- to a place I never imagined I would go. On April 11th I played for you the Wabash Cannonball at the site I thought where Abilene happened. I went totally expecting to feel your experiences, as well as those of the men of Charlie Co.
But I was 'directed' to a site where those feelings eluded me. I felt disoriented by that & the lack of the jungle. I stopped by the jack fruit tree because of Ron Seasholtz sending, out of the stillness, a breeze against my face. As I played the cds of the songs, and the sounds of the jungle- the undulating roar of the cicadas and the interjected invisible jungle birds- came to be, I could feel you there. I thought at first you were protecting me from the stories, then it was as if you wanted me to figure something out. I caught glimpses of a few men, but no trauma, they were calm and just there.
Then, when that local man came up and told my guide and I that there were 5 American graves there- right in front of where I sat, it didn't connect as I knew all had been recovered from Abilene. The man went on to say a 6th had been recovered from by his house. I remained disoriented by the disjointed emotions.
Then, when I awoke Oct. 3rd totally obcessed that the local man was telling us the truth. I contacted JPAC that day and could only leave messages. The next week when they called me back I remember repeatedly spelling Pitsenbarger, and explaining about you. They had me Fedex my pictures and maps and told me how many were missing from that area. That day I knew it was a helo crew and I suspected 2 special forces passengers.
I was so upset I hadn't looked for more evidence and asked more questions of the local man. Then after some time of searching the various data bases, I came up with the six, and they had not died on that site. One picture was posted online and it took my breath away as one of the faces I'd seen on April 11. After that I had no inclination to look for others, searching instead for information on these 6. Yet another interesting path that has been.
Because of you I have met some of the most incredible people. Stacy teases me that if I am in a conversation with someone for 10 minutes I will tell them about you. You are such an incredible individual, is there any wonder??
I can never thank you enough for enriching my life so immeasureably. If the five are recovered I would be so phenomenally honored to have assisted you!
Thank you for touching our lives!
Garnet
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POSTED ON 6.28.2003
POSTED BY: Dave Avery

Who Shall We Send

"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

Isaiah 6:8
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POSTED ON 1.13.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank You, Airman

As a fellow Buckeye, I say "THANK YOU"

As a Veteran, I say "JOB EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE"

As an American, "YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN"

And as a Believer, "YOUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE--AND STRONG"

Again, thank you Airman Pitsenbarger, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy and unselfish sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND


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POSTED ON 9.17.2002

Mr. Pitsenbarger

I just finished reading what you did in Vietnam in the VIETNAM magazine. It was very honorable. Rest in peace.
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