The greatest heroes of Piqua are those who gave their lives for our country. They are honored here at the Veterans Memorial across from the local cemetery.
William H. Pitsenbarger
Airman First Class William Pitsenbarger sacrificed his own life during a rescue mission in Vietnam so that others would live.
Don Gentile flew P-47’s and P-51’s in WWII for England and the United States. He destroyed a total of 32 enemy aircraft, making him an “Ace of Aces”. Major Gentile died during his duties as a test pilot 1/28/51. Don Gentile Statue in Piqua Ohio
Notable People and Celebrities
The Mills Brothers-John Sr., John Jr., Herbert, Harry and Donald became known worldwide for their excellent vocal talent. Click on their picture for more information.
John Johnston Indian Agent at Upper Piqua from 1812 until 1829. Also an author, canal commissioner, college trustee, historian and farmer.To learn more about Johnston, click on his picture. Col. John Johnston
Minabelle A. Hutchins One of the early nationally known radio soap opera stars, starring in “Life of Mary Southern” in 1938.
Jack Snow Author of several of the Wizard of Oz books in the 1950’s.
Luther McCarty Heavyweight boxing champion of the World in 1913.
William McCulloch Served for five terms as a US Congressman and is best known for his efforts in securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.