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SSGT William Hart Pitsenbarger, Piqua, OH on www.VirtualWall.org The Virtual Wall® Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Flying on almost 300 rescue missions in Vietnam, Bill Pitsenbarger risked his life almost daily during the war rescuing downed soldiers and fliers. On April 11, 1966, the 21-year-old, known as “Pits” to his friends, was killed while defending some of his wounded comrades.
The AC-130H Spectre (Attack Cargo Plane Project II) currently retired/replaced with the J model Ghostrider. Spectres weapons consisted of twin 20mm cannons (mid pic), one Bofors 40mm cannon and one 105mm Howitzer (bottom pic). See the top pic, there are two black squares that used to house the 20mm cannons. This weapon was removed due to a ricochet issue (collateral damage) reported by Special Forces on the ground, something that has never been mentioned anywhere.
James Arness, USA 1943-45 WW II. Arness, who was 6’7”, said he wanted to be a fighter pilot but the height limit for aviators was 6’2”. He was drafted in ’43, served as a rifleman in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. After several surgeries he was discharged but had a lifelong limp. Earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.