Instead of retreating, Pitts took up his position and began to return fire on the enemy soldiers. When the attacking group came closer, he started lobbying grenades at them, holding on to them longer than necessary to ensure they detonated among the enemy. Even after he was relieved by two reinforcements, he continued to crawl around the post, collecting ammunition and radioing in the situation to command. His commanding officers recognized that it was his course of action alone that saved the post from being overrun.