The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
PITTMAN, JOHN A.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company C, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Kujangdong, Korea, 26 November 1950. Entered service at: Carrolton, Miss. Born:
15 October 1928, Carrolton, Miss. G.O. No.: 39, 4 June 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