John A. Pittman

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John Albert Pittman
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Medal of Honor recipient John Pittman
Born (1928-10-15)October 15, 1928
Carrollton, Mississippi
Died April 8, 1995(1995-04-08) (aged 66)
Place of burial New Hope Church Cemetery,
Black Hawk, Carroll County, Mississippi
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1947–1951
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Indianhead Division
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Hearts (2)
President Harry S. Truman (center) with Pittman, standing to the President's left, and other Medal of Honor recipients shortly after presenting them with their medals.

John Albert Pittman (October 15, 1928 – April 8, 1995) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 26, 1950.

He is buried in New Hope Church Cemetery, Black Hawk, Mississippi.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Kujangdong, Korea, November 26, 1950

Entered service at: Carrollton, Mississippi Born: October 15, 1928, Carrollton, Mississippi

G.O. No.: 39, June 4, 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 be informed as to how many of his men were hurt. This intrepid and selfless act saved several of his men from death or serious injury and was an inspiration to the entire command. Sgt. Pittman's extraordinary heroism reflects the highest credit upon himself and is in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ""JOHN A. PITTMAN" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 

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