Richard A. Pittman, a Marine who earned the Medal of Honor for charging into a North Vietnamese ambush under heavy fire and fending off dozens of enemy troops in 1966, died on Oct. 13 in Stockton, Calif. He was 71.
His death was confirmed on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s website. It did not specify a cause, but he had open-heart surgery some years ago, a family member said.
On July 24, 1966, Mr. Pittman was a lance corporal in Company 1’s Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division. His unit was moving down a narrow jungle trail near the demilitarized zone when Marines ahead of his position were attacked by a larger, concealed enemy force.