Lawrence Joel

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Lawrence Joel was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina back in 1928 the third of 16 children (busy parents) because of the large family he was raised by a neighboring family the Samuels. He attended Atkins High School and afterwards joined the Merchant Marines for one year in 1946. The next year he joined the United States Army in New York City, planning to make it a career.

By 1965 then-Specialist Five Lawrence and his battalion of paratroopers were sent on a patrol for Viet Cong near Bien Hoa, classified as warzone “D” in the heart of Vietnam. It was during this that his battalion found themselves surrounded and a battel ensued that lasted for twenty-four hours. Almost all the troops were either killed or wounded. Lawrence himself was shot twice however, what he did is nothing short of extraordinary. For you see he was a medic, after being ordered to take cover he defied those orders and attended to the wounded. His medical supplies were depleted in short order however, he continued to administer aid not only to his troops but to a nearby company as well. After being wounded he made a crutch and hobbled around the battlefield.

He was awarded the Silver Star, The Purple Heart and off course the Medal of Honor. I would copy the citation for the Medal of Honor however, it is so long I ask if you’re interested please look it up, it is interesting reading.

So why did I pick Lawrence Joel you may be asking? I’m so glad you did and now for the rest of the story. for you see Lawrence was an African-American. He was the first medic to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam conflict and the first living black American to receive the medal since the Spanish-American War in 1898. On April 8th, 1967 the city of Winston-Salem held a parade in the honor, it was the first time the city had ever held a military parade to recognize a single individual.

So many great American’s to write about so little time. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing about it. Until tomorrow take care and “”GOD BLESSS OUR TROOPS.”  

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Thanks for the jolt of the memory. An act of valor and going above the call of duty. He was well worthy of all the allocades he has received.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 15, 2016 09:03 PM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I am with Raymond God bless men like this.

Nov 15, 2016 09:08 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

There are so many great Americans who fought and served for our country. Thanks for recognizing another one so we can remember there were so many  acts of valor our fellow countrymen performed.

Nov 15, 2016 09:09 PM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is always amazing when people like this don't calculate risk but have a burning desire to do the right thing. Quite a person.

Nov 15, 2016 09:20 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Lawrence Joel is one tough soldier and a true American Hero. Thanks for bringing the story of his effort .

Nov 15, 2016 09:20 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Larry. Once again no clue, but so glad you provided the information. Saw Hacksaw Ridge yesterday! Enjoy your day!

Nov 15, 2016 09:51 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an amazing story of a fabulous person. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 15, 2016 11:26 PM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another great American that I have never heard of, thanks for sharing this, as I enjoy learning about important people from our history!

Nov 15, 2016 11:41 PM #8
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Very interesting story. Where do you get your list of people to write about?

Nov 16, 2016 02:01 AM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, as you mention in your post today: So many great American’s to write about so little time. 



Nov 16, 2016 03:32 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You ended the post perfectly with these words, ”GOD BLESSS OUR TROOPS.”  A



Nov 16, 2016 07:00 AM #11
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray ,  Thanks for sharing such a great story.  Have a Blessed week.

Nov 16, 2016 10:35 AM #12
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello James

What a great American Hero and thanks for the read ...

Nov 16, 2016 11:41 AM #13
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks James.  We owe a debt of gratitude to this gentleman for his service and sacrifices.

Nov 16, 2016 07:55 PM #14
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