Staff Sgt. Matthew Pinkston; saving the world one person at a time

| July 19, 2012

A story about Staff Sgt. Matthew Pinkston at the page today tells the story of the patient administrator out driving with his wife, Alexandra when they came across a motorcyclist who had been in a accident. SSG Pinkston always carries a combat aid bag with him, so he was able to stabilize Billy Davis, the motorcyclist, and his badly mangled leg;

“I went into my kit and got a tourniquet and put it around his leg,” Pinkston said. “I was able to get his leg out from underneath him and tried to keep him conscious. The leg stopped bleeding but he was thrashing around and I just kept trying to talk to him and he kept grabbing me saying he knows he lost his leg.”

“I wasn’t sure what got me through that morning,” Davis said. “I’m convinced there was divine intervention at work. I asked Pinkston if anyone was there to help him. He said no. Pinkston is the major reason I am here now, for my mom, my son and my future wife. He kept me awake until the ambulance came and then I flatlined and woke up five days later.”

You need to read the whole story, because the media isn’t going to mention the staff sergeant – he isn’t acting like any soldier they saw in a Rambo movie.

Category: Real Soldiers

Comments (18)

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  1. Jon not to be confused with Jonn says:

    Finally a true Blue Hero! WTG SSG!

  2. Hondo says:

    Well done, MSG Pinkston. Very well done.

  3. Jeff says:


  4. Jeff says:

    An ARCOM?! Is this not what. Soldiers Medal is for?

  5. Jeff says:

    Dammit!! The beast of my phone strikes again. That was supposed to be “a Soldier’s Medal”

  6. Anonymous says:

    #4 surprised it wasn’t downgraded to a aam or denied outright due to the fact that he is not an officer and not a senior grey nco

  7. Marine_7002 says:

    “I seen my duty and I done it.” That, from another Army hero, pretty much sums up SSG Pinkston’s actions. Bravo Zulu!

    Re: the media…hell, they didn’t even cover the story. Zero hits on several searches.

  8. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    SSG Matthew Pinkston, real deal hometown, American Hero…God Bless Him…

  9. Jeff says:

    #6 you’re right. It pisses me off though. If someone meets or exceeds a standard, then recognize them properly. Whoever recommended or downgraded his award is no better than an EIB badge protector

  10. UpNorth says:

    Well done, SSG.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    Just keep posting stuff about the good guys. It balances out the creatures of the night that puff themselves off as what they aren’t.

    Good one you, SSG Pinkston.

  12. Old Trooper says:

    I noticed a CIB on the good SSG, in the pic.

  13. ANCCPT says:

    And that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is why I train my troops as hard as I do. Army Medical is always on call. And I personally would have recognized him with a Soldiers Medal. The guy is A PAD NCO, not a medic. He not only did something he hadn’t been specifically trained for, he did it with an inordanite amount of skill and poise. By god, we ought to be proud of this guy!!

  14. AW1 Tim says:

    Damn skippy. A serious BZ for the good SSG.

    FWIW, I bought a CAT and basic first-aid supplies and always have them in a pouch in my back pack. Thank God I haven’t needed to use them like he did, but it’s been very handy to have when on trips, or just around the town because you just never know when you might be the only one at the scene.

    God Bless him. You gotta know that his men are getting well trained too.

  15. Anonymous says:

    @12 your eyes must be good because I cant tell if its a cab or a cib

  16. Twist says:

    @4 I believe that to qualify for a Soldiers Medal there has to be risk of death or injury to the Soldier. I could be wrong though.

  17. Wow, I just found this site surfing my name. It brought tears to my eyes again as I read the comments from you all. I just did what I have been trained to do over the last 20 some yrs, thats all. I will be retiring soon and just wanted to thank all of you for the kind words. OBTW its a CAB from the 2nd out of 3 tours in Iraq.

  18. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    @ 17 … HooYah Brother!