Stone, James Marvin, 1LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Last Unit
1968-Present, POW/MIA
Service Years
1956 - 1968

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1938
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Miami
Last Address
Miami

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33E 075

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 Unit Assignments
12th Cavalry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment12th Cavalry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry RegimentPOW/MIA
  1967-1968, 12th Cavalry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1968, 12th Cavalry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment
  1968-Present, POW/MIA
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive, Phase III Campaign
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Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: MA 0 23
   
Comments/Citation
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) James Marvin Stone, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

First Lieutenant Stone distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 January 1968 as commanding officer of an airmobile infantry company on a search and destroy operation in the Que Son Valley. A sister unit had become heavily engaged in combat with a North Vietnamese Army battalion, and Lieutenant Stone led his men to reinforce the beleaguered troops. His company was savagely attacked with mortars and encircled by the enemy.

He then directed maneuver elements of his unit to link up with an enveloped platoon of the second company while he led a furious assault against the numerically superior enemy. His slashing attack momentarily disorganized the hostile force and enabled the trapped platoon to move from its untenable position. As the enemy fusillade increased, Lieutenant Stone joined forces with the sister unit's main body, deploying his men in abandoned trenches and directed devastating return fire on the attackers.

As the intensity of the fight increased, it became necessary for the friendly force to break out of the enemy encirclement or face possible annihilation. Fully exposing himself to a withering hostile barrage, Lieutenant Stone called suppressing artillery fire against North Vietnamese positions and supervised the preparation of the wounded for movement.

Braving ravaging mortar and recoilless rifle fire, he then directed his troops' savage assault on the enemy lines. With bullets striking all around him, he led the fierce charge along a North Vietnamese trenchline and his men succeeded in breaking the encirclement. He was mortally wounded while fearlessly leading his company in close combat against a determined enemy force.

First Lieutenant Stone's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1838 (April 20, 1968)
Action Date: 7-Jan-68
Service: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade
Division: 1st Cavalry Division
   
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