b. 20/04/1947 Flushing, New York. d. 16/03/2005 Seaford, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 22/02/1969 Kien Hoa Province, Vietnam.
Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A native of Flushing, New York, Lang served as a Specialist Fourth Class, United States Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry. Lang was awarded his Medal of Honor for action at Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, on February 22, 1969, during the Vietnam War.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4 Lang, Company A, was serving as a squad leader when his unit, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission, encountered intense fire from a well fortified enemy bunker complex. Sp4 Lang observed an emplacement from which heavy fire was coming. Unhesitatingly, he assaulted the position and destroyed it with hand grenades and rifle fire. Observing another emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front, Sp4 Lang jumped across a canal, moved through heavy enemy fire to within a few feet of the position, and eliminated it, again using hand grenades and rifle fire. Nearby, he discovered a large cache of enemy ammunition. As he maneuvered his squad forward to secure the cache, they came under fire from yet a third bunker. Sp4 Lang immediately reacted, assaulted his position, and destroyed it with the remainder of his grenades. After returning to the area of the arms cache, his squad again came under heavy enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire from 3 sides and suffered 6 casualties. Sp4 Lang was 1 of those seriously wounded. Although immobilized and in great pain, he continued to direct his men until his evacuation was ordered over his protests. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness exhibited by this soldier over an extended period of time were an inspiration to his comrades and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
BURIAL LOCATION: CEMETERY OF THE HOLY ROOD, WESTBURY, NEW YORK.
Sec 9, Row KK, Plot 101
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