Officer John Thomas Pettitt, Sr., was killed on November 6, 1970, in the Hua Nghia Province of South Vietnam while serving with C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, USARV. He had been in Vietnam since January.
Officer Pettitt was born on September 2, 1943. A 1962 graduate of Ben Davis High School, he had been employed as a draftsman at Detroit Diesel-Allison Division of General Motors Corporation prior to being sworn in as a member of the Indianapolis Police Department on June 23, 1969.
On June 26, 1969, Officer Pettitt was inducted to the Armed Services by the Indiana Selective Service and was placed on military leave of absence from IPD.
Divorced, Officer Pettitt was survived by a son, John T. Pettitt Jr., a daughter, Kelly J. Pettitt, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pettitt. He is honored on Panel 6W, Row 43 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Sources: Vietnam War Casualty Listing (National Archives); http://www.thevirtualwall.org/index.cfm?SectionID=110&Wall_Id_No=40542.0; Indianapolis Police Department Board of Safety Card; Indianapolis Star, November ?, 1970