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 Garfield M. Langhorn

Garfield M. Langhorn

Birth
Cumberland, Cumberland County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Jan 1969 (aged 20)
Pleiku, Gia Lai, Vietnam
Burial Riverhead, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 7028167 · View Source
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Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the war in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Troop C, 7th Squadron (Airmobile), 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam, on January 15, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Langhorn distinguished himself while serving as a radio operator with Troop C, near plei Djereng in pleiku province. Pfc. Langhorn's platoon was inserted into a landing zone to rescue 2 pilots of a Cobra helicopter shot down by enemy fire on a heavily timbered slope. He provided radio coordination with the command-and-control aircraft overhead while the troops hacked their way through dense undergrowth to the wreckage, where both aviators were found dead. As the men were taking the bodies to a pickup site, they suddenly came under intense fire from North Vietnamese soldiers in camouflaged bunkers to the front and right flank, and within minutes they were surrounded. Pfc. Langhorn immediately radioed for help from the orbiting gunships, which began to place minigun and rocket fire on the aggressors. He then lay between the platoon leader and another man, operating the radio and providing covering fire for the wounded who had been moved to the center of the small perimeter. Darkness soon fell, making it impossible for the gunships to give accurate support, and the aggressors began to probe the perimeter. An enemy hand grenade landed in front of Pfc. Langhorn and a few feet from personnel who had become casualties. Choosing to protect these wounded, he unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade, scooped it beneath his body and absorbed the blast. By sacrificing himself, he saved the lives of his comrades. Pfc. Langhorn's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military". His name appears on Panel 34W, Line 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7028167
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Garfield M. Langhorn (10 Sep 1948–15 Jan 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7028167, citing Riverhead Cemetery, Riverhead, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .