Piqua's Vietnam Home Front / William H. Pitsenbarger

Piqua's Vietnam Home Front / William H. Pitsenbarger (HMBBJ)

Location: Piqua, OH 45356 Miami County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 9.851', W 84° 15.319'

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Side A:
Piqua's Vietnam Home Front

Local views on the Vietnam War mirrored national attitudes of pride and confusion. Piqua citizens participated in the "Letters for Life" campaign in 1970 for prisoners of war. Piqua Daily Call assistant news editor James W. DeWeese traveled to Paris in a frustrated attempt to deliver the letters to the Hanoi Peace delegation. The state activated the local Ohio National Guard unit in 1970 to help suppress anti-Vietnam student rioting in Columbus. The military conflict came home in 1966 when William Pitsenbarger became the first of eleven men from Piqua to die in Vietnam. In 1967, Piqua High School graduate Air Force Major William J. Baugh was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. He remained a P.O.W. until 1973.

Side B:
William H. Pitsenbarger

William H. Pitsenbarger graduated from the Piqua High School in 1962 and joined the Air Force in 1963. After extensive training he qualified for Air Force Pararescue duty. In Vietnam, Pitsenbarger served on more than 250 combat missions to rescue individuals, including saving a South Vietnamese soldier from a burning mine field, for which he was awarded the Airman's Medal. On April 11, 1966, Pitsenbarger volunteered for a helicopter medical evacuation mission. When the rescue mission came under Viet Cong fire, the helicopter became disabled and withdrew. Pitsenbarger stayed on the ground to help the wounded. He was killed in action saving the lives of others. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on December 8, 2000.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number11-55
Year Placed2004
Placed ByPiqua Area Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 733738 N 4449592
Decimal Degrees40.16418333, -84.25531667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 9.851', W 84° 15.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 9' 51.06" N, 84° 15' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1722 Broadway St, Piqua OH 45356, US
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