JOSEPH GUY LAPOINTE JR. TIMELINE
2 July 1948, Born at St. Ann’s Maternity Hospital, Dayton Ohio; Mother: Jean Louise (Mitchell) LaPointe of Dayton, Father: Joseph Guy LaPointe, Sr. of Dayton.
25 May 1966, Graduated Northridge High School, Dayton Ohio.
8 May 1968, Entered Service at Cincinnati Ohio & sent to basic training.
23 Aug 1968, Married Cindy Failor of Dayton Ohio at the Englewood First Baptist Church.
May-Oct 1968 Co. E, 4th Battalion (later Co. A, 2d Battalion), Army Medical Training Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Oct 1968 Spent October in Dayton with wife and family, leaving at end of October for Vietnam.
7 Nov 1968, Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, US Army, Pacific — Vietnam.
20 Jan 1969, Birth of son, Joseph G. LaPointe III.
2 Jun 1969, Killed in Vietnam near Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam, Hill 376.
16 Dec 1971, Medal of Honor presented to family by Spiro T. Agnew Date Unknown Dedication of LaPointe Village at Ft. Campbell, Ky. — http://www.ftcampbellfh.com/neighborhoods/518.
“Located between Pierce Village and Campbell Army Airfield, LaPointe Village includes 250 two bedroom homes for Enlisted Soldiers.”
30 Mar 1973, Dedication of US Army Medical Training Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas — http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/.
11 Sep 1974, Joseph G. LaPointe (Martin Army Hospital) Heliport in Ft. Benning, Ga. http://www.martin.amedd.army.mil/index.html.
14 Sep 1975, Dedication of Joseph G. LaPointe Jr., US Army Reserve Center in Dayton, Ohio at the corner of Airway and Woodman Roads, Dayton, Ohio.
08 Sep 1978 — Joseph G. LaPointe Jr. Drive in enlisted housing area at Glen Haven, Wheaton MD four miles north of Walter Reed Hospital 2 Apr 1998 Inducted into the Ft. Rucker Army Aviation Hall of Fame - http://www.quad-a.org/hall_of_fame.htm.
4 Oct 2000, Dedication of LaPointe Health Center at Ft. Campbell, KY — http://www.campbell.amedd.army.mil/ctmc.shtml.
23 Oct 2004, Dedication of Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. Memorial Highway, Trotwood & Clayton, (near Dayton) Ohio; Rte 49 beginning at 3rd Street and ending at I-70.
18 Aug 2007, Re-dedication of Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. USAR Center at the corner of Airway and Woodman Roads, Dayton, Ohio – lettering replaced on building by VFW Post 657 – effort led by Mark Conrad.
2 May 2008, Inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor – submitted by Mark Conrad.
2 June 2009, Medal of Honor Flag Presentation at LaPointe USAR Center – coordinated by Mark Conrad of VFW Post 657.
Awards Medal of Honor Silver Star Bronze Star Army Commendation Medal Good Conduct Medal National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal w/ one star Vietnam Campaign Medal Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Combat Medical Badge Combat Infantryman Badge
Joseph Guy LaPointe Jr. was a medical aidman with B-Troop 2nd Squadron of the 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, Bronze Star and other awards and medals. We (his family) knew him as “Guy.” B-Troop knew him as “Doc.”
Guy was born and raised in North Dayton Ohio. While in high school, he volunteered to work at the Aullwood Audubon Center. He cared deeply about the environment and spent much of his time camping, hiking and studying the natural environment. He also believed in the civil rights movement and other social and political issues. After graduating from Northridge High School 25 May 1966, he moved with his family to the Clayton area and worked as a mail carrier for the Englewood Post Office. He wanted to attend college with biology major and his dream was to work for the National Park System, the National Audubon Society or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. At the time he was drafted, he had applied to several colleges.
Guy reported for duty in the US Army on 8 May 1968. He was a conscientious objector and became a medic, taking his advanced training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. He was married during the summer of 1968. In November 1968, he was sent to Vietnam. In January 1969, his son was born. 2 June 1969, he was killed in action in Vietnam.
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