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Richard Pittman was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions near the Demilitarized Zone, South Vietnam in July of 1966. Inspired by the words of John F. Kennedy Richard Pittman committed himself to serving his country and chose the Marine Corps as his course of servitude. Blind in one eye from birth Pittman was only able to gain entry into the Marine Corps Reserve, but that was good enough to get him to Vietnam. During a search and destroy mission near the Demilitarized Zone he and his fellow marines fell into an ambush. After the lead members of the unit were attacked and nearly overwhelmed he left his position in the rear and single-handedly assaulted an oncoming North Vietnamese force of approximately 36.
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