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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Mitchell William Stout

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Battery C, 1st Battalion,
    44th Artillery
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 12, 1970
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam
Sgt. Stout distinguished himself during an attack by a North Vietnamese Army Sapper company on his unit's firing position at Khe Gio Bridge. Sgt. Stout was in a bunker with members of a searchlight crew when the position came under heavy enemy mortar fire and ground attack. When the intensity of the mortar attack subsided, an enemy grenade was thrown into the bunker. Displaying great courage, Sgt. Stout ran to the grenade, picked it up, and started out of the bunker. As he reached the door, the grenade exploded. By holding the grenade close to his body and shielding its blast, he protected his fellow soldiers in the bunker from further injury or death. Sgt. Stout's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Mitchell W. Stout
Medal of Honor Recipient Mitchell W. Stout
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 17, 1974
    Blair House (Courtyard), presented by Vice Pres. Gerald R. Ford to his family
  • Born: February 24, 1950, Knoxville, Knox County, TN, United States
  • Died: March 12, 1970, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Virture Cemetery (MH), Concord, TN, United States
  • Location of Medal: Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, Chattanooga, TN

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