Lahti, James Walter, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1542, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1966 - 1968


First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Walled Lake
Last Address
Walled Lake

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Glen Eden Cemetery - Livonia, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
45W 020

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2005, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]3 - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 1542, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1968-1968, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From Walled Lake, MI, James enlisted in the U.S. Army and was selected for Officer Candidate School. His father was a WWII veteran who lost both of his legs in that war.

On 1 September 1968, First Lieutenant James Walter Lahti was serving with B Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in Binh Long Province, South Vietnam.

On that day, 1LT Lahti was killed in action by small arms fire on the airstrip at Song Be. According to his friend and fellow warrior, LT Dan Grundman, where others hesitated, 1LT Lahti, under fire and with total disregard for his own personal safety, gave aid to and removed the wounded from a certain death situation. His action was above and beyond the call of duty. 1LT Lahti's body was recovered.
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