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First Name: Luther

Last Name: Lasater

Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Garland, TX
Middle Name: McKindree

Date of Birth: 16 February 1947

Date of Death: 13 February 1972

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Luther McKindree Lasater III

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Luther McKindree Lasater III
Captain, U.S. Army

Luther McKindree Lasater III was born on 16 February 1947 in Fort Worth, TX, the son of Luther McKindree Lasater II and Berta Sue Lasater.

On 13 February 1972, Captain Luther McKindree Lasater III was serving with Troop F, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in South Vietnam.

On that day, CPT Lasater's heroic actions caused him to be recommended for the Medal of Honor. However, it was determined that his actions did not meet the requirements of the MOH and, instead, he received the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Purple Heart
Air Medal with Award Numeral 2
Army Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Army Aviator Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Corps of Engineers) Luther McKindree Lasater, III, United States Army (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with the Troop F, 9th Cavalry, 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Captain Lasater distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 February 1972. His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 13 (May 3, 1973)


The name Luther M Lasater III is located on Panel 2W Line 106 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.


Captain Luther McKindree Lasater III is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Dallas County, TX, in Space 3, Lot 37, Block P, Field of Honor.

Honoree ID: 259719   Created by: MHOH




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