Coila in Carroll County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Sgt. John A. Pittman
Medal of Honor
Erected 2005 by American Legion Post 29, Greenwood, MS.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 33° 24.336′ N, 90° 5.568′ W. Marker is in Coila, Mississippi, in Carroll County. Marker is on County Route 23. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coila MS 38923, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Black Power" Speech (approx. 8½ miles away); Elks Hart Lodge No. 640 (approx. 8.7 miles away); Greenwood Underpass (approx. 8.8 miles away); Furry Lewis (approx. 9.1 miles away); Baptist Town (approx. 9.2 miles Blues Deejays (approx. 9.2 miles away); Greenwood's First Artesian Well (approx. 9.3 miles away); Battery 'C' (approx. 9.4 miles away).
Regarding Sgt. John A. Pittman. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION:
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kujangdong, Korea, 26 November 1950. Entered service at: Carrolton, Miss. Born: 15 October 1928, Carrolton, Miss. G.O. No.: 39, 4 June 1951. Citation: Sgt. Pittman, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He volunteered to lead his squad in a counterattack to regain commanding terrain lost in an earlier engagement. Moving aggressively forward in the face of intense artillery, mortar, and small-arms fire he was wounded by mortar fragments. Disregarding his wounds he continued to lead and direct his men in a bold advance against the hostile standpoint. During this daring action, an enemy grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad endangering the lives of his comrades. Without hesitation, Sgt. Pittman threw himself on the grenade and absorbed its burst with his body. When a medical aid man reached him, his first request was to
Categories. • War, Korean •
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