Memorial Day: Remembering Joseph Mark Lauinger
On this Memorial Day, we’d like to spend a little time remembering one of the many Georgetown alumni who gave his life for our country.
Joseph Mark Lauinger was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 5, 1945 to a family with a long-standing connection to Georgetown. His grandfather, Frank T. Lauinger, studied law at Georgetown in the 1890s and his father, Philip C. Lauinger Sr., was president of the Yard (the College’s student government). At Georgetown, Joseph was a member of the Chimes and graduated from the College in 1967.
After graduating, Joseph served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserve, fighting in the Vietnam War. He served for two years. On January 8, 1970, he was killed when the unit he was leading in Kontum, South Vietnam, was hit by enemy fire. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for leading his fellow troops to safety. He was 24-years-old when he died.
The Main Campus library is named in Joseph’s honor, and is meant to serve as a memorial to all Georgetown graduates killed in war, including the 16 other alumni who died in the Vietnam War. Joseph Lauinger’s portrait and medals can be seen in the lobby of the library.
Photo from Flickr user Army.mil, used under a Creative Commons license.