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A new headstone is unveiled honoring Petty Officer 1stClass William Pinckney at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Feb. 10.
180210-M-SO447-003.JPG Photo By: Lance Cpl. Cristian Moreno

Feb 15, 2018
MCAS Beaufort - A new headstone is unveiled honoring Petty Officer 1stClass William Pinckney at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Feb. 10. The new headstone gives proper recognition to Pinckney�s Navy Cross, the second highest award for valor. Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross during World War II when he saved the life of an unconscious Sailor after a bomb exploded below the flight deck of their ship. At the time of the award, Pinckney was only the second African American in U.S. Navy history to receive the award. Ultimately, Pinckney was one of four African American Sailors to be awarded the Navy Cross.


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