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La Pointe, Joseph Edwin "Joe"

Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Canadian Army
On the night 8/9 June 1944 while several Panther tanks were making an attack on the Battalion Headquarters area of the Regina Rifles and attempting to over-run it, Rifleman La Pointe showed great coolness and courage in the face of the enemy. He remained at his PIAT and fired through heavy enemy machine gun fire at the tank at 15 yards range. During the assault by tanks, one Panther Mk V tank and one heavy armoured car were knocked out in the line of fire of his PIAT. The success of Battalion Headquarters in withstanding this attack is greatly attributed to the fact that Rifleman La Pointe continued firing at the enemy vehicles with complete disregard for his own safety, thereby assisting in knocking out the vehicles and preventing the attack from penetrating the defences of the Headquarters area.
Military Medal (MM)