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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 greatly about the environment and spent much of his time camping, hiking and studying the natural environment. He also believed deeply in civil rights 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 a biology major and his dream was to work either 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, Joe III was born.
From his widow,