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Specialist 4 Joseph Lapointe Jr.

Date of Award: Unknown
Conflict: Vietnam War
Branch: U.S. Army

Sp4c. Joseph Lapointe Jr. portraitKnown as “Guy” to his family, Joseph Lapointe Jr. enlisted into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector in May 1968. He trained as a medic, and by November 1968 he was stationed in with the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, leaving behind a pregnant wife and several college applications.

On June 2, 1969, “Doc” Lapointe valiantly risked his life to aid his fallen comrades in an ambush. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his selfless sacrifice that day. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross for his dedication to service.

Citation: “As members of his unit attempted to provide covering fire, he administered first aid to one man, shielding the other with his body. He was hit by a burst of fire from the bunker while attending the wounded soldier. In spite of his painful wounds, LaPointe continued his lifesaving duties until he was again wounded and knocked to the ground.”

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