Guy A. J. LaBoa

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Guy A. J. LaBoa
Guy A. J. LaBoa (US Army Lieutenant General).png
U.S. Army photo of LaBoa, probably as assistant division commander of the 4th Infantry Division, circa 1987.
Born (1939-12-09) December 9, 1939 (age 78)
Houston, Texas
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1962–1997
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit United States Army Infantry Branch
Commands held First United States Army
Second United States Army
4th Infantry Division
1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division
2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Guy A. J. Laboa (born December 9, 1939) is a retired United States Army officer. A veteran of the Vietnam War, his senior command assignments included the 4th Infantry Division and the First United States Army.

Early life[edit]

Guy Anthony Jackson Laboa was born in Houston, Texas on December 9, 1939, the son of Anthony B. LaBoa and Mary Inez (Hill) LaBoa.[1][2][3] He graduated from Channelview High School,[4] and in 1962 he received a bachelor of science degree in commercial marketing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.[5] A participant in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, at his graduation, he received his commission in the Army as a second lieutenant of Infantry.[6]

Start of career[edit]

LaBoa completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1962.[6] His additional training included the Airborne and Pathfinder courses.

From October 1964 to September 1965 LaBoa served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.[7] After returning to the United States, he was assigned as supply officer for the 6th Student Battalion at Fort Benning.[7]

In 1966, LaBoa was appointed aide-de-camp to Lieutenant General Louis W. Truman, commander of the Third United States Army at Fort McPherson, Georgia.[8]

During his second deployment to Vietnam, LaBoa served with the 25th Infantry Division as commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment and operations officer for 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry.[9][10] He was selected for promotion to major in 1968.[11]

LaBoa's post-Vietnam assignments included commander of 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment from 1977 to 1979.[12]

Continued career[edit]

In 1981, LaBoa graduated from the Army War College and received a master of science degree in public administration from Shippensburg State University.[5]

In the early and mid 1980s, LaBoa's assignments included assistant chief of staff for plans, operations and training (G-3) and inspector general for the 5th Infantry Division.[13]

As a colonel, LaBoa commanded 1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division.[14] He then served as chief of staff for the 8th Infantry Division, and remained in this position until being selected for promotion to brigadier general in 1985.[15] From March 1986 to June 1987, LaBoa served as deputy director of operations in the operations directorate of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[16] LaBoa's later assignments as a general officer included assistant division commander (support) for the 4th Infantry Division,[17] and director of operations for Forces Command.[17]

LaBoa served as commander of the 4th Infantry Division from October 1991 to October 1993.[5][17] He served as chief of staff of for Forces Command from 1993 to 1995.[2] From May to July 1995, LaBoa commanded Second United States Army as a lieutenant general.[2] When First United States Army and Second Army were combined, LaBoa assumed command of First Army, which he led until his 1997 retirement.[2][5]

Post-military career[edit]

After leaving the Army, LaBoa was employed by CIBA Vision as director of daily contact lens manufacturing.[5] He became a resident of Dahlonega, Georgia and served on the city council from 2004 to 2008.[18][19]

In 2008, LaBoa joined KBR, Inc. as principal manager for the company's participation in the LOGCAP III program.[5] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for chairman of the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners in 2012.[20]


In 1961, LaBoa married Monya Ann Winn (1941-1964).[4][21] His second wife was Patricia Ann Berry of East Point, Georgia.[3] LaBoa is the father of three children: Anthony, Tracy, Mary Kaye.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder.gif Pathfinder Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Distinguished Service Medal[22]
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Silver Star with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters[3]
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Award numeral 2.png Air Medal with "V" device and bronze award numeral 2
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with "V" device and oak leaf cluster[16]
Army Achievement Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with one service star
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Gold star
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold and Bronze Stars
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal

In 1992, LaBoa was inducted into Northwestern State University's Hall of Fame, the Long Purple Line.[16]




  • Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics (December 9, 1939). "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Entry for Guy A. J. LaBoa". Provo, UT:, LLC. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  • "Monya Ann Laboa in the Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982". Provo, UT:, LLC. September 5, 1964. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  • McCullough, Gary (December 17, 2008). "Minutes, Dahlonega City Council Work Session". Dahlonega, GA: Dahlonega City Council. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  • Horn, Douglas (KBR, Inc.) (March 29, 2010). "Statement of Douglas Horn Before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan" (PDF). Denton, TX: University of North Texas.
  • Horn, Michael J. (June 17, 2016). "Directory of Former Commanders". North Babylon NY: 15th Infantry Regiment Association. Retrieved December 28, 2017.

Press release[edit]



  • U.S. Army Adjutant General (1966). U.S. Army Register. 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office – via (Subscription required (help)).


Military offices
Preceded by
John P. Otjen
Commanding General of the First United States Army
Succeeded by
George A. Fisher Jr.
Preceded by
Robert F. Foley
Commanding General of the Second United States Army
May 1995-July 1995
Succeeded by
Unit inactivated
Preceded by
Neal T. Jaco
Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Thomas A. Schwartz