Howard W. Laufer was born on May 26, 1918. Before entering the service he was employed by a switch and signal company. Howard was trained as a field artilleryman at Fort Gruber and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and went into action with Battery B, 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion in World War II. He was Killed in Action on December 17, 1944 at the age of 26 and is now buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. T/5 Laufer was one of the victims of Malmedy massacre when German SS soldiers of the 1st Panzer Division captured over 100 American soldiers at Baugnez Crossroads outside Malmedy, Belgium, on 17 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and, under orders to take no prisoners, placed them in an open field and then machine gunned them. When the machine guns stopped, the SS went through the field where some victims were still alive and systematically finished them off with pistols at short range leaving 84 soldiers dead when they had finished. Fortunately, when the machine guns first started shooting, a number of soldiers ran and some managed to escape and tell the story of how the Germans had treated the others who had not survived.