VAUGHN O. LANG

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LANG Lt. Gen. VAUGHN O. LANG (Ret.) November 10, 1927-October 2, 2014 Vaughn O. Lang, 86, Vienna, VA, formerly of Williamsburg, PA died Thursday evening at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Williamsburg, son of the late Carl J. and Martha (Mogle) Lang. He married E. Doris Loose on December 30, 1949 in Williamsburg. She preceded him in death May 19, 2009. Surviving are; a son, Philip D. of Gordonsville, VA; two daughters: Cory E. Edwards of Sterling, VA and Nancy J. Lang of Vienna, VA; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kay Vaughn of St. Clairsville, OH. Lt. Gen. Lang was a 1945 graduate of Williamsburg High School and a ROTC graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he began his army career earning his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. His subsequent assignments were, Commander of Bravo Company and then the S3 for the 50th Signal Battalion. He served as the signal advisor to the Vietnamese 21st Infantry Division. Lt. Gen. Lang's assignments, then began to include those which engaged him in material acquisition. He served in the Radio-Radar Procurement Branch and in the European Trans-Atlantic Project. Interspersed in these assignments, he was chosen to command at every level. Lt. Gen. Lang commanded both 447th Signal Battalion in Europe and the 39th Signal Battalion in Vietnam with his unit commands culminating with the command of the 1st Signal Brigade. He then commanded the Communications and the Electronic Material Readiness Command and the Army Communications Agency. It was in his last assignment that he may have made his greatest contribution to our Nation, serving as the director of a program devoted to the continuity of our constitutional form of government and to the survival of the Office of the President of the United States. Lt. Gen. Lang received many awards and decorations throughout his service to our country including: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal-two times, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany), the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He also earned numerous ribbons including: the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and four Overseas Service Bars. Lt. Gen. Lang was also authorized to wear the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. Lt. Gen. Lang retired from active duty in 1988, but continued to provide valuable service in the defense of our country as an independent contractor to the government until full retirement in 2010. There will be no public viewing, however, friends will be received from 10 to 11:30 am, Saturday, October 11, 2014, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. Interment with full military honors will follow at Henry's Lutheran Cemetery at Yellow Springs, rural Williamsburg. There will be no public viewing, however, friends will be received from 10 to 11:30 am, Saturday, October 11, 2014, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. Interment with full military honors will follow at Henry's Lutheran Cemetery at Yellow Springs, rural Williamsburg.

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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2014
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