The Last Full Measure Pays Tribute to William Pitsenbarger

January 8, 2020

January 08, 2020

The Last Full Measure Pays Tribute to William Pitsenbarger


His Medal of Honor citation recalls, “Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty … his bravery and determination exemplify the highest professional standards and traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force.”

When Airman First Class William H. Pitsenbarger perished while single-handedly aiding, evacuating, defending and providing medical care to a unit of soldiers pinned down by the enemy deep in the Vietnam jungle, he left behind a legacy of bravery, valiance, determination, and personal fortitude.

That legacy lives on in the new feature film, “The Last Full Measure,” which tells the story of the U.S. Air Force Pararescueman awarded the country’s highest military honor, the medal of honor, 34 years after his supreme sacrifice.

His memory is also honored by the Air Force Association through our annual Pitsenbarger scholarship program. Each year, AFA awards scholarships to USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force who plan to continue their education and pursue a baccalaureate degree. In addition to academic achievement, the grant recognizes Airmen who exemplify leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development, and dedication.

Over the last decade, AFA has awarded more than $1.3 million in Pitsenbarger scholarship grants to more than four thousand deserving Airmen in his name.

“The Last Full Measure” will be released January 24, 2020 to theaters across the country.

To learn more, donate, or apply for an AFA Pitsenbarger Award, visit