Lafleur was 'the epitome of a good American and a godly man'
The exemplary spiritual life and heroic actions during combat of Rev. Joseph V. Lafleur were honored by religious and U.S. military officials on Tuesday morning when he was posthumously presented the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart at a ceremony held at St. Landry Catholic Church.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham presented the two military awards—one for extraordinary bravery and another for wounds or death in battle—to Lafleur’s nephew Richard Lafleur and his wife Carol Lafleur, in front of the altar where Lafleur, a Ville Platte native, celebrated his first mass in 1938 following his ordination.
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