Stewart, Jimmy Goethel, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
Service Years
1960 - 1966

Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
West Columbia, OH
Last Address
Middleport, OH

Casualty Date
May 18, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverview Cemetery - Middleport, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 084

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)
  1965-1966, 1st Battalion (Rifle) 12th Cavalry Regiment/B Company
  1965-1966, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Jimmy Goethel Stewart (ASN: 15614853), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), in action against enemy aggressor forces at Republic of Vietnam, on 18 May 1966. Early in the morning a reinforced North Vietnamese company attacked Company B, which was manning a defensive perimeter. The surprise onslaught wounded five members of a six-man squad caught in the direct path of the enemy's thrust. Staff Sergeant Stewart became a lone defender of vital terrain--virtually one man against a hostile platoon. Refusing to take advantage of a lull in the firing which would have permitted him to withdraw, Staff Sergeant Stewart elected to hold his ground to protect his fallen comrades and prevent an enemy penetration of the company perimeter. As the full force of the platoon-sized man attack struck his lone position, he fought like a man possessed; emptying magazine after magazine at the determined, on-charging enemy. The enemy drove almost to his position and hurled grenades, but Staff Sergeant Stewart decimated them by retrieving and throwing the grenades back. Exhausting his ammunition, he crawled under intense fire to his wounded team members and collected ammunition that they were unable to use. Far past the normal point of exhaustion, he held his position for four harrowing hours and through three assaults, annihilating the enemy as they approached and before they could get a foothold. As a result of his defense, the company position held until the arrival of a reinforcing platoon which counterattacked the enemy, now occupying foxholes to the left of Staff Sergeant Stewart's position. After the counterattack, his body was found in a shallow enemy hole where he had advanced in order to add his fire to that of the counterattacking platoon. Eight enemy dead were found around his immediate position, with evidence that 15 others had been dragged away. The wounded whom he gave his life to protect, were recovered and evacuated. Staff Sergeant Stewart's indomitable courage, in the face of overwhelming odds, stands as a tribute to himself and an inspiration to all men of his unit. His actions were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and the Armed Forces of his country. DAGO 41 Sep 22, 1967


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