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John Joseph Pitchford

Date of birth: 29-May-27
Place of Birth: Mississippi, Natchez
Status: POW

John Pitchford was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on December 20, 1965, and was held until his release on February 12, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain John Joseph Pitchford (AFSN: 14172591), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam, on 20 December 1965. On that date, Captain Pitchford was tasked to search out and destroy surface-to-air missile emplacements which would menace a main force strike against a vital bridge complex deep within North Vietnam. Courageously pressing his attack through a hail of anti-aircraft fire which disabled his aircraft, Captain Pitchford determinedly and selflessly swept through hostile defenses to drop his bombs squarely on target. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Pitchford has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 20-Dec-65

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel John Joseph Pitchford (AFSN: 14172591), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during July 1966, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Lieutenant Colonel Pitchford resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: Jul-66

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Colonel John Joseph Pitchford (AFSN: 14172591), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 1965 to October 1971. His ceaseless efforts, by a continuous showing of resistance to an enemy who ignored all international agreements on treatment of Prisoners of War, in the extremely adverse conditions of the communist prisons of North Vietnam, demonstrated his professional competence, unwavering devotion, and loyalty to his country. Despite the harsh treatment through his long years of incarceration, he continued to perform his duties in a clearly exceptional manner which reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: December 1965 - October 1971

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel John Joseph Pitchford (AFSN: 14172591), United States Air Force, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Lieutenant Colonel John Joseph Pitchford (AFSN: 14172591), United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 20, 1965 until his release on February 12, 1973.

Action Date: December 20, 1965 - February 12, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)