Stone, Lester Raymond, Jr., SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
111.6-Infantry Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 23rd Infantry Division/11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
Service Years
1967 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Sergeant


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Binghamton
Last Address
Harpursville

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Ngai
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chenango Valley Cemetery - Binghamton, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

23rd Infantry Division (Americal)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment23rd Infantry Division/11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1968-1968, NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Benning, GA
  1968-1969, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 23rd Infantry Division/11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1955-1973 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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 Sergeant Lester Raymond Stone, Jr., United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader of 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23d Infantry Division (Americal), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam, on 3 March 1969 The 1st Platoon was on a combat patrol mission just west of Landing Zone Liz when it came under intense automatic weapons and grenade fire from a well concealed company-size force of North Vietnamese regulars.

Observing the platoon machine gunner fall critically wounded, Sergeant Stone remained in the exposed area to provide cover fire for the wounded soldier who was being pulled to safety by another member of the platoon. With enemy fire impacting all around him, Sergeant Stone had a malfunction in the machinegun, preventing him from firing the weapon automatically. Displaying extraordinary courage under the most adverse conditions, Sergeant Stone repaired the weapon and continued to place on the enemy positions effective suppressive fire which enabled the rescue to be completed. In a desperate attempt to overrun his position, an enemy force left its cover and charged Sergeant Stone.

Disregarding the danger involved, Sergeant Stone rose to his knees and began placing intense fire on the enemy at pointblank range, killing six of the enemy before falling mortally wounded. His actions of unsurpassed valor were a source of inspiration to his entire unit, and he was responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers.

His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military profession and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 14 (April 23, 1970)
Action Date: March 3, 1969
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade
   
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