Posted by Jim Weiskopf on Jan 10, 2018
The Rotary Club of Beaufort invites you to join in honoring
(1915 - 1976)
The Event
Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:00 A.M.
Beaufort National Cemetery
1601 Boundry Street Beaufort, SC  29902
Ceremony in Section 33 of Cemetery
History and Unveiling
Recently, Beaufort historian Dr. Larry Rowland discovered William Pinckney's headstone at Beaufort National Cemetery did not have the Navy Cross among his engraved awards.  Cemetery superintendent Sonny Pepper worked to have this corrected, and now the new headstone will be unveiled while Dr. Rowland recounts the history and heroism of William Pinckney.  Please join us in celebrating one of our nation's most remarkable heroes.
About William Pinckney
75 years ago, on October 26, 1942, William Pinckney served as Navy Cook 3rd Class on the USS Enterprise when he distinguished himself at the Battle of Santa Cruz as the Japanese bombed his ship twice and he heroically saved the lives of shipmates while severely injured.  For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Cross, our nation's second highest honor for combat valor.  Pinckney was one of only four African Americans to be awarded the Navy Cross during World War II.  He never spoke of the medals or awards during his lifetime and would just say that he was, "Proud to serve" when asked about his military career.  Later in 2004, the U.S. Navy would commission a Destroyer in his name and se same motto as his words.
For additional information please contact Jim Weiskopf, Public Image Chair, Rotary Club of Beaufort via email at  To learn more visit: