During a subsequent attempt to evacuate the site, American forces came under heavy assault by a large Viet Cong force. When Bill was a junior in high school, he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret, but his parents refused to give their permission. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. As darkness fell, Pitsenbarger not only cared for the wounded, but also collected and distributed ammunition to the surviving soldiers several times under enemy fire. Christopher Plummer plays his father, Frank Pitsenbarger. Black Box Improv Theater to host Galentines Day celebration, DAYTON EATS: Bloody Mary challenge to crown new champ, Sledding in Dayton: Best place to go on a snow day like this, The best worst movie to have 20th anniversary screening at The Neon, UD exhibit, Juggling for Mary is fun for all ages, How Piqua is celebrating the premiere offilm about hometown military hero, Life-size statue honors Airman Pitsenbarger. He attended Piqua public schools and participated in the Vocational Industrial Club, intramural sports, and wrestling. Fr. On December 8, 2000, Pitsenbargers father was presented with his sons Medal of Honor by then Air Force Secretary Whit Peters in a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or plant a tree in memory of BERNADINE C. PITSENBARGER. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Loren Pitsenbarger. He was an inspiration to me, said Epperson. For the next hour and a half, Pitsenbarger tended to the wounded soldiers, hacking splints out of snarled vines and building improvised stretchers out of saplings. The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863 has awarded in the name of the Congress the Medal of Honor posthumously to: A1C WILLIAM H. PITSENBARGER UNITED STATES AIR FORCE for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Cam My, April 11, 1966: Rank and organization: Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. Page 14 Publication: The Piqua Daily Call i Location: Piqua, Ohio Issue Date: Monday, January 10, 1977 Page: Page 14 Start Free Trial. In a fierce firefight, the North Vietnamese surrounded and pinned down the Americans. We did our job. 0 Comment 1 View After 34 years, Pitsenbarger's heroic actions had finally received full recognition. >> RELATED:Life-size statue honors Airman Pitsenbarger. You can customize the cemeteries you volunteer for by selecting or deselecting below. Veterans Memorial Park Piqua, Miami County, Ohio GPS: 40.164293, -84.255619. Senza un mandato di comparizione, una conformit volontaria da parte del vostro Fornitore di Servizi Internet, o ulteriori registrazioni da parte di terzi, le informazioni memorizzate o recuperate per questo scopo da sole non possono di solito essere utilizzate per l'identificazione. There were lots of war movies then, and we played soldier in the streets and alleys all the time.  During the same ceremony he was also posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff sergeant. All rights reserved.  In addition to being designated Main Street through the city of Daytonwhere the Wright Brothers designed their airplanestate route 48 also runs along Miami Memorial Park north of Covington, Ohio, where all four are buried. Every memory left on the online obituary will be automatically included in the book. First Names. They have a beautiful IMAX-sized screen . Army helicopters could not land in the battle zone because there were no clearings in the tall, dense "triple canopy" forest. Meckstroth added that he was ornery and fun-loving. Continuing with this request will add an alert to the cemetery page and any new volunteers will have the opportunity to fulfill your request. He is also presented in a commemorative display at the United States Air Force Museum. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive?