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First Name: John

Last Name: Pinder

Birthplace: McKee's Rocks, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Burgettstown, PA
Middle Name: J.

Date of Birth: 06 June 1912

Date of Death: 06 June 1944

Rank: Technician Fifth Grade

Years Served:
John J. Pinder, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


John J. Pinder, Jr.

Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder, Jr. (6 June 1912 - 6 June 1944) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Battle of Normandy in World War II.

John J. Pinder, Jr. was born on 6 June 1912 in McKee's Rocks, PA. He joined the Army from Burgettstown, PA. On 6 June 1944, he was serving as a Technician Fifth Grade in the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On that day, he participated in the Allied landings near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Despite being twice wounded, Pinder refused medical attention and continued to gather communications equipment in order to establish a radio link on the beach before receiving a third and fatal wound. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. On D-day, Technician 5th Grade Pinder landed on the coast 100 yards off shore under devastating enemy machinegun and artillery fire which caused severe casualties among the boatload. Carrying a vitally important radio, he struggled towards shore in waist-deep water. Only a few yards from his craft he was hit by enemy fire and was gravely wounded. Technician 5th Grade Pinder never stopped. He made shore and delivered the radio. Refusing to take cover afforded, or to accept medical attention for his wounds, Technician 5th Grade Pinder, though terribly weakened by loss of blood and in fierce pain, on 3 occasions went into the fire-swept surf to salvage communication equipment. He recovered many vital parts and equipment, including another workable radio. On the 3rd trip he was again hit, suffering machinegun bullet wounds in the legs. Still this valiant soldier would not stop for rest or medical attention. Remaining exposed to heavy enemy fire, growing steadily weaker, he aided in establishing the vital radio communication on the beach. While so engaged this dauntless soldier was hit for the third time and killed. The indomitable courage and personal bravery of Technician 5th Grade Pinder was a magnificent inspiration to the men with whom he served.


The U.S. Army barracks in Zirndorf, Germany, were named Pinder Barracks in his honor. Although these barracks were abandoned in the years after 1999, the name Pinder remained by decision of the city administration as the newly formed city district "Pinder Park."

Death and Burial

Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder, Jr. was killed in action on 6 June 1944, his 32nd birthday. He is buried at Grandview Cemetery in Florence, PA.

Honoree ID: 1602   Created by: MHOH




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