Pinckney awarded Navy Cross and Purple Heart

USS Pinckney 
“Proud to Serve”
Named for Navy Cook First Class William Pinckney
After 41 years this Beaufort veteran’s headstone finally reflects his bravery
By Delayna Earley
January 07, 2018
41 years after being interred at the Beaufort National Cemetery, CK1 William Pinckney’s headstone finally reflects all of the honors that he earned while serving in the Navy during World War II.
Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart for bravery shown while saving the life of a crew member on board the U.S.S. Enterprise on Oct. 26, 1942, during the Battle of Santa Cruz.

He died in 1976 from spinal cancer, but for some reason his headstone never listed his Navy Cross as one of his honors.