William Pitsenbarger, a War Memorial

William Pitsenbarger, a War Memorial (HM2IHI)

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N 40° 8.152', W 84° 15.585'

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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
the Congressional
Medal of Honor
and Air Force Cross
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Year Placed2015
Placed ByFriends of the Piqua Parks Piqua VFW Post 4874 American Legion Post 184
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 733457 N 4446437
Decimal Degrees40.13586667, -84.25975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 8.152', W 84° 15.585'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 8' 9.12" N, 84° 15' 35.1" W
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