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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11 comments


  • Tina Pittman-Carr

    Thank you all for your thoughts and condolences, and thank you SGT. GRIT for sharing this. Our only consolation is that our father is again standing strong, on two feet, 10 feet tall and bulletproof. Sincerely, Tina Pittman-Carr


  • wilson, Anthony D. MSgt USMC Ret

    Broke bread and shared drinks several times RIP Marine


  • Shawn Kane

    I had the pleasure of hearing Msgt Pittman speak to a gathering of us 2/5 NCOs in August 1988. He was due to retire and I believe at the time he was the only Marine on active duty with a Congressional Medal of Honor. The subject he spoke to us about? Leadership in Combat…. Needless to say it was one of the highlights of my career. I mean, how many of us get to hear a CMH winner talk about leadership in combat? It doesn’t get any better than that. I sensed he was a very humble man. Semper fi and ooh rah Marine!


  • Michael Pelucca

    I attended his service and the Marine Corps provided an awsome tribute to the outstanding Marine, man, husband, and father that was MSGT Pittman. He was a member of our Marine Corps League Detachment 019, Modesto, CA and will be missed by many but not forgotten. Semper Fi. Mike Pelucca 1966-1970 Sgt Vietnam 67-69


  • Clifford Beatty

    REST IN PEACE MASTER SERGEANT PITTMAN YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN


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