Medal of Honor recipient Richard Pittman laid to rest

Medal of Honor recipient Richard Pittman laid to rest

Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Richard A. Pittman received a final salute before burial in California on Monday.

Family, friends and Marines gathered at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, Calif., for the funeral service. Pittman passed away on Oct. 13, 2016 in Stockton.

In an oral history interview, Pittman described being disqualified from regular service due to partial blindness. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves and volunteered in 1966 for a tour in Vietnam as an infantryman.

On July 24, 1966, Pittman’s unit was ambushed near the Demilitarized Zone. He said he was one of the last in his column, and eventually rushed forward to help the Marines who were calling for help. Dodging fire, Pittman was able to take on enemy troops and assist the wounded Marines once the enemy retreated.

President Lyndon B. Johnson presented him with the Medal of Honor on May 14, 1968.

He is survived by his wife Patricia and his four daughters.

Article Originally published here.

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  • Sgt. Larry Stoneking 68-72. Ooorah

    I can’t believe how many guys can remember who was in their training units. I remember guys from boot camp, units I did time in etc. No inkling about most.

  • Sgt Connelly MSP Logan Airport

    Thank you Rick for all you have done for all of us especially me. I needed that extra push. I served with you in Okinawa and El Toro. You always taught us the right way to do things day in and day out in the MP field. You were a leader among us .Semper FI my friend . And don t call me sir

  • Cpl. TC Mosher

    Rip Sgt Major. I went through ITR, Staging Battalion and landed in VN with a Pittman from Stockton, Ca. I wonder if they we’re related? We landed in country around 30 Mar 66. Half of us went to 3rd Mar. the rest went to? I can’t recall anymore. Any info would be appreciated as I wonder what happen to those Marines.

  • Alex Morales

    Thank you for your great courage, and may you rest in peace, brother. I participated in this Operation, which must have been Hastings, and I survived because of heroes like you.

  • Top RamTwo

    To the family of Top Pittman, though I never met this great Marine, but I heard many of the stories regarding his actions and read the warrant regarding the award of the MOH “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” specially noted that he was a young LCpl and his only concern was for his fellow Marine Warriors which is what an Infantry Unit Leader is responsible for, secondly that he exchanged his M14 rifle for an M60 machinegun to take the lead and silence the enemy and again confronted by a frontal attack by 30 to 40 enemy he took position in the middle of the trail forcing the enemy to withdraw. From all we offer our condolences and if I can “Marines don’t die, they go to heaven and regroup” for Marines live forever. Semper Fi!

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