Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor Stockton veteran, Master Sergeant Richard Pittman and all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Medal of Honor Day will be recognized on March 25, 2013.
“It was my privilege to honor the service of Master Sergeant Pittman and all of the recipients of the Medal of Honor today. Their dedication to protecting our country and preserving our way of life should never go unnoticed,” said Congressman McNerney.
On Tues., March 19, 2013, a flag will be presented in honor of Master Sergeant Richard Pittman that Congressman McNerney had flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of his service, and the service of all Medal of Honor recipients. The flag will be presented in the Stockton City Council Chambers Stockton this Tuesday at 5 pm.
The text of Congressman McNerney’s statement is below.
Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Richard Pittman
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Medal of Honor Day, and to honor 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 and others.
Mr. Pittman was born in Stockton, CA and attended local schools. After graduating from Franklin High school in Stockton, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War, he was first assigned as a rifleman in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th 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 several of the enemy forces.
I’ve been fortunate to get to know Mr. Pittman over the last several years, and know how deeply he cares for this country. I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Master Sergeant Richard Pittman, and all our nation’s veterans, for their bravery and service to the United States.