Pitsenbarger, according to the museum, was born in 1944 in Piqua. He wanted to quit high school and join the U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets, but his parents convinced him to stay in school. He graduated high school in 1962 and joined the Air Force.
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After basic training, he volunteered for pararescue work, which involved heavier, more intense training such as parachute work, survival school, rescue and survival medical courses and the U.S. Navy’s scuba diving school.
Pitsenbarger arrived in Vietnam in August 1965, where he completed more than 250 missions, including one where he hung from a helicopter cable to rescue a wounded South Vietnamese soldier from a burning minefield.
He died on April 11, 1966 after saving the lives of nine other soldiers.
There is a statue of Pitsenbarger in his hometown of Piqua.
The ceremony in Fort Wayne will feature a ride-in by the Warrior Breed motorcycle club, a description of his heroics and a dedication of the bench, a release said.