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Korean War - U.S. Army

James Lamar Stone

Details
  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    3d Platoon, Company E, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment,
    1st Cavalry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 21, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Sokkogae, Korea
Citation

1st Lt. Stone distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, holding a vital outpost position, was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, 1st Lt. Stone stood erect and exposed to the terrific enemy fire calmly directed his men in the defense. A defensive flamethrower failing to function, he personally moved to its location, further exposing himself, and personally repaired the weapon. Throughout a second attack, 1st Lt. Stone, though painfully wounded, personally carried the only remaining light machine gun from place to place in the position in order to bring fire upon the Chinese advancing from two directions. Throughout he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense. Although again wounded, he continued the fight with his carbine, still exposing himself as an example to his men. When this final overwhelming assault swept over the platoon's position his voice could still be heard faintly urging his men to carry on, until he lost consciousness. Only because of this officer's driving spirit and heroic action was the platoon emboldened to make its brave but hopeless last ditch stand.

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Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Houston, Harris County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 27, 1953

    The White House, presented by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Born: December 27, 1922, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, AR, United States
  • Died: November 9, 2012, Arlington, TX, United States
  • Buried: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX, United States
 
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