SGM Richard J. Pinter (PAARNG) (Ret.) Served 38 years in the Army Band Field. He Enlisted in the USAR 78th Division Band on 21 February 1962. He was promoted to Private PVT/E2 on 21 June 1962. Promoted to Private Fist Class PFC, on 5 July 1963. Promoted to Specialist E4, SPC on 25 May 1964. Promoted to Sergeant E5, SGT on 07 March 1966. Promoted to Sergeant First Class, SFC and designated Enlisted Bandleader and Commander of this Band. on 29 September 1969. SFC Pinter was appointed to his highest rank of Warrant Officer WO1 on 13 July 1972 and assigned as Bandmaster of the Band. On 27 June 1978 WO1 Pinter vacated his rank of Warrant Officer Bandmaster and regained his highest enlisted rank of Sergeant First Class to enlist in the Adjutant General’s Own 276th Army Band Pennsylvania Army National Guard. SFC Pinter was promoted to Master Sergeant on 23 June 1993 and promoted to First Sergeant Enlisted Bandleader on 26 July 1993. 1SG Pinter served as Commander and Enlisted Bandleader until his retirement on 06 September 2000 when he was promoted to the State rank of Sergeant Major on the (PA) State retired list by the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.
Sergeant Major SMG Pinter’s awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Bronze #4, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, (PA) Meritorious Service Medal, (PA) 20 Year Medal, (PA) T.R. White Medal, (PA) Gen T.J. Stewart Medal.
SGM Pinter continues to serve as the Legislative Chairman of the PA National Guard Enlisted Association, Unit Liaison Representative of the PA and NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, member of the Bordentown Township Veterans Advisory Committee, Official Bugler of the Veteran Guard 3rd Regiment INF Philadelphia PA, the 213th Area Support Group PANG, the Honorary First Defenders Allentown PA, Post 31 American Legion Trenton NJ, and as Official Bugler of Bordentown Twp. NJ. SGM Pinter is known for his performances as “The Lone Bugler” performing “Taps” at more then 23 cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend for the families of all the Veterans who never received this final Honor from our nation at their Veterans passing.
SGM Ret. Richard J. Pinter is happily married to Irene M. Nyul, Pinter. They are both life long residents of Trenton NJ area. They have 3 daughters. Diana Ross, Judi Dudley, Kathy Carson, and 5 grand children. William Carson, Robert Morton, Benjamin Halifko, Andrea Carson and USCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Norman Dudley.