He was killed on 18 November 1944 on the first day of the first battle he had ever encountered. Before this attack on Geilenkirchen, Germany, his division had only had mock battles in the maneuvers in Louisiana just a few months before.
The battle in which he was killed was part of a larger offensive called Operation Clipper in the Rur Valley. His division would eventually achieve their goal and gain an allied victory.
He was survived by his wife Mildred Bankston Hinson and one son, Jerry Hinson whom he had the opportunity to hold as an infant before he was sent overseas. Lafayette received the Purple Heart and is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margarten, Netherlands.