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First Name: George

Last Name: Lang

Birthplace: Flushing, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Brooklyn, NY
Middle Name: Charles

Date of Birth: 20 April 1947

Date of Death: 16 March 2005

Rank: Specialist 4

Years Served:
George Charles Lang

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


George C. Lang
Specialist Four, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Specialist Four George C. Lang (20 April 1947 - 16 March 2005) was a U.S. Army soldier and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

George C. Lang was born on 20 April 1947, at Flushing, NY. He joined the Army from Brooklyn, NY. On 22 February 1969, he was serving as a Specialist Four in Company A, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. During a firefight that day in Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, Lang single-handedly assaulted three enemy emplacements before being seriously wounded. He recovered from his wounds and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle.

Medal of Honor

Citation: 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.

Death and Burial

Lang died at age 57 and is buried at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY.

Honoree ID: 1000   Created by: MHOH




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