John Albert Pittman
Medal of Honor recipient John Pittman
|Born||October 15, 1928|
|Died||April 8, 1995 (aged 66)|
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1947-1951|
|Unit||Company C, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Purple Hearts (2)
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 during the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River.
G.O. No.: 39, June 4, 1951
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.