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  • Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Richard Pittman

    by Representative Jerry McNerney

    Posted on 2013-03-15

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    McNERNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) [[Page H1435]] Mr. McNERNEY. Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today in recognizing the Medal of Honor Day, as well as honoring Master Sergeant Richard Pittman, a veteran who served more than 20 years in the Marines. Mr. Pittman earned the Medal of Honor, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, along with others.

    Mr. Pittman was born in Stockton, California, and attended local schools. After graduating from Franklin High School in Stockton, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War, he was assigned as a rifleman to the First Platoon, Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, and would later become squad leader.

    While on assignment near the demilitarized zone, his leading company came under enemy fire at close range. Mr. Pittman risked his life to save many of his comrades while he exchanged fire and destroyed many enemy forces.

    I've been fortunate to get to know Mr. Pittman over the last several years and know that he cares deeply for this country. I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Master Sergeant Richard Pittman and all the Nation's other veterans for their bravery and service to the United States.


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