Veteran teaches local students, finds local Medal of Honor recipient on The Wall That Heals

PADUCAH — Retired teacher Dave Carr has a special bond with students at Murray High School. A Vietnam Veteran himself, Carr visits U.S. history classes each year to share his experiences from the war. Friday, he got to share his experiences with students at The Wall That Heals.

“That’s a dog tag,” said Carr as he showed memorabilia from Vietnam to students.

Students said it’s an honor to experience The Wall That Heals with Carr.

“I didn’t realize the effect he has on my life really until now, just seeing all these people that risked their lives,” said Murray High School student Tommy Waldrop.

“When we saw pictures, he was talking about how yes he was on one of the aircraft,” said student Lily Sanchez.

Along with teaching the students, Carr visited the wall to find a specific name.

“His name is Billy Lane Lauffer,” said Carr.

Originally from Murray, Lauffer served in Vietnam in 1966. Lauffer died just a few weeks into his deployment and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism.

“He saved the lives of many of the members of his unit, and the best of my knowledge, the incident occurred within the first two to three weeks he was in Vietnam,” said Carr.

After hearing and reading about Lauffer, Carr was finally able to find his name. Carr said being able to get a rubbing of Lauffer’s name is an honor.

“You know, this guy who is born and buried in the place were we live,” Carr said.

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