Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
October 15, 1937 at Fallis, OK
Service in the US Army from Wichita, KS
31, 1967 at the age of 30
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
October 31, 1967 at Ap Dong, Vietnam
company landed in an airmobile assault, several Viet Cong opened
fire with automatic weapons. Captain Pitts led an assault which
overran the enemy positions and was then ordered to move north
to reinforce another company engaged against a strong enemy
force. As his company moved forward intense fire was received
from three directions, including four bunkers, two of which were
within 15 meters of his position. His rifle fire proving
ineffective against the enemy due to the dense foliage, Captain
Pitts picked up an M-79 grenade launcher and began pinpointing
the targets. Seizing a grenade taken from a captured Viet Cong's
web gear, he lobbed it at a bunker to his front but it hit the
foliage and rebounded. Without hesitation Captain Pitts threw
himself on top of the grenade which, fortunately, failed to
explode. He then directed the repositioning of the company to
permit friendly artillery to be fired. Upon completion of the
fire mission, he again led his men toward the enemy positions,
personally killing at least one more Viet Cong. Displaying
complete disregard for his personal safety, he maintained
continuous fire, pinpointing the enemy's fortified positions,
while at the same time directing and urging his men forward,
until he was mortally wounded.