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ABOUT THE AMEDD REGIMENT

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ARMY AWARDS FOR VALOR AND THEIR CRITERIA

AMEDD MEDAL OF HONOR

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

AMEDD DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

AMEDD SILVER STAR

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SOLDIER'S MEDAL

BRONZE STAR WITH "V" DEVICE

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COMBAT MEDIC PRAYER

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ORDER OF MILITARY MEDICAL MERIT (02M3)

Specialist Four Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr.

AMEDD Medal of Honor Awardees

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty the Medal of Honor was awarded to SPECIALIST FOUR JOSEPH G. LaPOINTE, JR. United States Army

Specialist Four Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty Specialist Four Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, distinguished himself on 2 June 1969 while serving as a Medical Aidman during a combat helicopter assault mission in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam. Specialist LaPointe's patrol was advancing from the landing zone through an adjoining valley when it suddenly encountered heavy automatic-weapons fire from a large enemy force entrenched in well-fortified bunker positions. In the initial hail of fire, two soldiers in the formation vanguard were seriously wounded. Hearing a call for aid from one of the wounded, Specialist LaPointe ran forward through heavy fire to assist his fallen comrades. To reach the wounded men, he was forced to crawl directly in view of an enemy bunker. 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 own painful wounds, Specialist LaPointe continued his lifesaving duties until he was again wounded and knocked to the ground. Making strenuous efforts, he moved back again into a shielding position to continue administering first aid. An exploding enemy grenade mortally wounded all three men. Specialist LaPointe's courageous actions at the cost of his life were an inspiration to his comrades. His gallantry and selflessness are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 

Specialist Four LaPointe is also the recipient of the Silver Star citation