Piqua in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
He gave his life, that others may live
William Pitsenbarger was born in Piqua, Ohio, on July 8, 1944, the only child of Irene and Frank Pitensbarger. He graduated from Piqua Central High School in 1962. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and became a pararescue and medical specialist. On April 11, 1966, at his own request, he was lowered by helicopter into the jungle of Vietnam to aid wounded soldiers. Although his life was in grave danger, he refused to evacuate and through his efforts was able to save the lives of nine of his fellow warriors. Later that same day he himself was fatally wounded and died on the battlefield. Of the 134 soldiers who began the battle, there were 106 casualties. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1966, and the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2000. There are at least one dozen facilities around the world named for him.
Airman 1st Class William H. Pitensbarger born July 8, 1944 died on April 11, 1966 in Vietnam while serving his country awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 40° 8.152′ N, 84° 15.585′ W. Marker is in Piqua, Ohio, in Miami County. Memorial is at the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Clark Avenue, on the right when traveling south on McKinley Avenue. Marker is in the Pitsenbarger Sports Complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 McKinley Ave, Piqua OH 45356, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hospital Care (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shawnee Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Public Square (approx. 1.3 miles away); Main Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Moore McCullough / Civil Rights Movement in Piqua (approx. 1.3 miles away); Piqua's Early African-American Heritage (approx. 1.3 miles away); The 1913 Flood (approx. 1.4 miles away); Piqua Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piqua.
Additional keywords. Congressional Medal of Honor
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.