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Riley L. Pitts

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"First Negro Officer Gets Medal of Honor." New York Times, December 11, 1968, p. 3.

This article reads:
"The widow of the first Negro officer to win the Medal of Honor accepted the nation's highest award for military heroism at a private ceremony today in President Johnson's office.

Capt. Riley L. Pitts of Army won the medal in action near Apdong in South Vietnam in leading his company against enemy bunkers concealed by dense foliage until he was wounded fatally.

The widow, Mrs. Eula M. Pitts of Oklahoma City, and her two children, 5-year-old Mark and 7-year-old Stacie, stood beside the President and posed for pictures after the ceremony."
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