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"We don't go to war to occupy and take over and dominate; we've gone to war to liberate." (Video interview, 52:49)

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   Joseph R. Pitts
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Joseph Pitts circa 1964 [detail]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Air Force
Unit: 99th Bomber Wing
Service Location: United States; Vietnam
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The son of an army chaplain who served in World War II under General Douglas MacArthur and then became a missionary, Joseph Pitts understood early in life the value of having a mission. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1963 and became an Electronic Warfare officer, flying 116 combat missions in Vietnam. Joseph Pitts was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996, representing Pennsylvania's Sixteenth District.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (9 clips)
»Complete Interview  (56 min.)
»Photo Album (4 photos)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
His experience shaping his views on military readiness. (03:24) Reacting to the antiwar movement. (01:24) Feedback after bombing missions. (02:17)
His plane deployed as airborne artillery. (01:22) Camaraderie among the crews. (03:00) His decision to leave the service. (00:47)
How being alert placed demands on his family. (02:25) The ongoing training process. (02:26) Duties of an electronic war officer. (01:55)
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