Air Force museum event spotlights local hero Pitsenbarger

The Air Force Museum Foundation will present a special preview screening of “The Last Full Measure” Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Air Force Museum Theatre, followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmakers.

The film will be released nationwide in theatres Oct. 25.

“The Last Full Measure” tells the true story of Piqua, Ohio, native William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force medic who saved more than 60 men in one of the harshest battles of the Vietnam War. Offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of the combat zone, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers.

Thirty-four years later after his death on that battlefield, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Tickets are $12 each, $10 for Air Force Museum Foundation members. Tickets are available at or by calling 937-656-9631.

The goal of the Living History Series is to “educate, honor and inspire.”

The Air Force Museum Store is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness in support of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit The Air Force Museum Foundation is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the world's largest military aviation museum. For more information, visit

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