Lauffer, Billy Lane, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
Service Years
1962 - 1966

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Murray, KY

Entered Service: Phoenix, AZ
Home at time of entry: Tuscon, AZ

Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, South
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Murray Memorial Gardens - Murray, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 129

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
United States Forces Korea (USFK)24th Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division 1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)
  1963-1964, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1964-1966, 24th Infantry Division
  1966-1966, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division /C Company
  1966-1966, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Lauffer's squad, a part of Company C, was suddenly struck at close range by an intense machine gun crossfire from 2 concealed bunkers astride the squad's route. Pfc. 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, Pfc. 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, Pfc. Lauffer rose to his feet and charged the enemy machine gun positions, firing his weapon and drawing the enemy's attention. Keeping the enemy confused and off balance, his 1-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. Pfc. 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 U.S. Army.

The Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School in Tucson, Arizona, was dedicated 15 Nov 2005. In the photo below, PFC Lauffer's brother Rhodney Lauffer is shown accepting a plaque from Colonel Jonathan Hunter of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.


PFC Lauffler had been in Vietnam for 6 days when he was killed.

Lauffler had reached the rank of SGT while serving in Augsburg, Germany, but was reduced in rank for a reason forgotten in history.

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