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 4.27.2002
POSTED BY: Ron "Trash" Haley - A Mud Soldier

A Higher Calling

It is easy to take a life .. but to save a life .. many lives .. that is the highest calling a man can have.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2002
POSTED BY: Doug Sterner

In Honor of a TRUE American Hero

In an act of Heroism above and beyond the call of duty, this American gave the ultimate sacricice for his brothers. You can read the story of William Pitsenbarger's incredible courage at http://www.HomeOfHeroes.com/pitsenbarger.html
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POSTED ON 12.17.2001
POSTED BY: Harry O'Beirne

Friend

A good USAF Pararescueman and a good friend. Like the Spartans of old, he stood in the breach, did his duty, and died for the country he believed in. He went above and beyond the call to help his fellows countrymen in the 16th Infantry, the "Mudsoldiers, 1st. Div. USA
We of the USAF Pararescue will always be very proud of him.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

CITATION FOR AWARD OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR ON 8 DECEMBER 2000

AIRMAN FIRST CLASS


WILLIAM HART PITSENBARGER


served as a


PARARESCUE CREWMAN


with


DETACHMENT 6

38th AEROSPACE RESCUE AND RECOVERY SQUADRON

BIEN HOA AIR BASE

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM



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CITATION


FOR AWARD OF THE


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE


CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


TO


AIRMAN FIRST CLASS


WILLIAM HART PITSENBARGER



Airman First Class Pitsenbarger distinguished himself by extreme

valor on 11 April 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 helcopter responding to a call for

evacuation of casualties incurred in an ongoing firefight between

elements of the United StatesArmy's 1st Infantry Division and a

sizeable 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 was recovered. Airman

Pitsenbarger refused evacuation in order to get more wounded

soldiers 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 Pitsenbarer took up arms

with the beseiged infantrymen. He courageously resisted the

enemy, braving intense gunfire to gather and distribute vital

ammunition to the 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 that followed,

the American forces suffered 80 percent casualties as their

perimeter was breached, and Airman Pitsenbarger was 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.





For more information about the battle of Operation ABILENE

on April 11-12 1966, please see the remembrance for


STAFF SERGEANT


JAMES WILLIAM ROBINSON, JR.


CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR




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POSTED ON 12.4.2001
POSTED BY: HD Hal Salem

S/Sgt William Hart Pitsenbarger USAF (Pitts)

Photo courtesy his Aircraft Commander, Lt/Col HD "Hal" Salem USAF Ret, and his "Bien Hoa Eagles" friends and crew members.

"Pitts" was posthumously promoted to S/Sgt USAF in November 2000, and awarded the Medal of Honor on December 8, 2000. The ceremony was held in the Air Force Museum Hangar at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. His father, W. Frank Pitsenbarger, accepted the award on behalf of his son and only sibling. "Pitts" became the first and only non Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was also the first Airman to be posthumously awarded the United States Air Force Cross.
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