BILLY L LAUFFER
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 129 OF THE WALL

BILLY LANE LAUFFER

WALL NAME

BILLY L LAUFFER

PANEL / LINE

10E/129

DATE OF BIRTH

10/20/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/21/1966

HOME OF RECORD

TUCSON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pima County

STATE

AZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BILLY LANE LAUFFER
POSTED ON 9.21.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Medal of Honor

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Billy Lane Lauffer, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Bon Son, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 21 September 1966. Private First Class Lauffer's squad, a part of Company C, was suddenly struck at close range by an intense machinegun crossfire from two concealed bunkers astride the squad's route. Private First Class Lauffer, the second man in the column, saw the lead man fall and noted that the remainder of the squad was unable to move. Two comrades, previously wounded and being carried on litters, were lying helpless in the beaten zone of the enemy fire. Reacting instinctively, Private First Class Lauffer quickly engaged both bunkers with fire from his rifle, but when the other squad members attempted to maneuver under his covering fire, the enemy fusillade increased in volume and thwarted every attempt to move. Seeing this and his wounded comrades helpless in the open, Private First Class Lauffer rose to his feet and charged the enemy machinegun positions, firing his weapon and drawing the enemy's attention. Keeping the enemy confused and off balance, his one-man assault provided the crucial moments for the wounded point man to crawl to a covered position, the squad to move the exposed litter patients to safety, and his comrades to gain more advantageous positions. Private First Class Lauffer was fatally wounded during his selfless act of courage and devotion to his fellow soldiers. His gallantry at the cost of his life served as an inspiration to his comrades and saved the lives of an untold number of his companions. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/281
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POSTED ON 4.13.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Billy.
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POSTED ON 9.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Billy Lane Lauffer, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 9.10.2012
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Billy is buried at Murray Memorial Gardens,Murray,KY.

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POSTED ON 2.13.2012
POSTED BY: Bobbly Bazzell

Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School

Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School
Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School is located at 5385 East Littleton Road in Tucson, Arizona. Billy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam. The school was dedicated in his honor on November 15, 2005.
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