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First Name: Mitchell

Last Name: Stout

Birthplace: Knoxville, TN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Raleigh, NC
Middle Name: William

Date of Birth: 24 February 1950

Date of Death: 12 March 1970

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1968 - 1970
Mitchell William Stout

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Mitchell William Stout
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Sergeant Mitchell William Stout (24 February 1950 - 12 March 1970) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Mitchell William Stout was born on 24 February 1950 in Knoxville, TN. He joined the Army from Raleigh, NC, in 1968. On 12 March 1970, Stout was serving as a Sergeant in Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery Regiment. On that day at Khe Gio Bridge in the Republic of Vietnam, Stout picked up an enemy-thrown grenade and used his body to shield his comrades at the expense of his own life.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery.

Place and date: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam, 12 March 1970.

Entered service at: Raleigh, NC. Born: 24 February 1950, Knoxville, TN.

Citation: 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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The name Mitchell William Stout is inscribed on Panel 13W - Line 121.

Death and Burial

Sergeant Mitchell William Stout was killed in action on 12 March 1970. He is buried at Virtue Cemetery in Concord, TN.

Honoree ID: 1092   Created by: MHOH




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