Piqua in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Piqua's Vietnam Home Front / William H. Pitsenbarger
Local views on the Vietnam War mirrored national attitudes of pride and confusion. Piqua citizens participated in the “Letters for Life” campaign in 1970 for prisoners of war. Piqua Daily Call assistant news editor James W. DeWeese traveled to Paris in a frustrated attempt to deliver the letters to the Hanoi Peace delegation. The state activated the local Ohio National Guard unit in 1970 to help suppress anti-Vietnam student rioting in Columbus. The military conflict came home in 1966 when William Pitsenbarger became the first of eleven men from Piqua to die in Vietnam. In 1967, Piqua High School graduate Air Force Major William J. Baugh was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. He remained a P.O.W. until 1973.
William H. Pitsenbarger graduated from the Piqua High School in 1962 and joined the Air Force in 1963. After extensive training he qualified for Air Force Pararescue duty. In Vietnam, Pitsenbarger served on more than 250 combat missions to rescue individuals, including saving a South Vietnamese soldier from a burning mine field, for which he was awarded the Airman's Medal. On April 11, 1966, Pitsenbarger volunteered for a helicopter medical evacuation mission. When the rescue mission
Erected 2004 by Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-55.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 9.851′ N, 84° 15.319′ W. Marker is in Piqua, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is on Broadway Riverside Drive (Ohio Route 66), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is next to the Piqua Veterans Memorial, across Washington Avenue from Forest Hill Union Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Piqua OH 45356, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piqua Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Forest Hill Union Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Post No. 158 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away); United Spanish War Veterans (about 600 feet Johnston Barn (approx. one mile away); Randolph Settlement (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Pickawillany (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pickawillany (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piqua.
Also see . . . A1C William H. Pitsenbarger. The young airman served as a pararescueman in Vietnam. (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,741 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.