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First Name: James

Last Name: Stone

Birthplace: Pine Bluff, AR, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Houston, TX
Middle Name: Lamar

Date of Birth: 27 December 1922

Date of Death: 09 November 2012

Rank: Colonel

Years Served: 1948 - 1980
James Lamar Stone

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


James Lamar Stone
Colonel, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

James Lamar Stone was born on 27 December 1922 at Pine Bluff, AR. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a recipient of America's highest military award-the Medal of Honor-for his heroic actions in the Korean War. He was awarded the medal for his conspicuous leadership during a fight against overwhelming odds, for continuing to lead after being wounded, and for choosing to stay behind after ordering others to retreat, a decision which led to his capture by Chinese forces.

Stone joined the Army at Houston, TX, and on 21 November 1951 was serving as a First Lieutenant in Company E of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On that morning, Stone's platoon relieved another American unit that was manning a hilltop outpost above the Imjin River near Sokkogae, Korea.

At about 2100 hours on the 21st, Chinese forces launched an artillery and mortar attack against the outpost, followed by a series of infantry assaults. Stone led his platoon's defense against the battalion-sized force. Just after midnight, a second battalion joined the Chinese assault, pitting Stone's forty-eight man platoon against roughly eight hundred enemy soldiers. Wounded three times during the battle, Stone continued to lead his men and fight, including in hand-to-hand combat. Realizing the defense was hopeless, Stone ordered those men who could still walk to leave and rejoin the rest of Company E, while he stayed behind with the badly wounded to cover their retreat. Stone eventually lost consciousness and, just before dawn on 22 November, he and the six remaining men of his platoon were captured by Chinese forces.

After regaining consciousness, Stone was interrogated by the Chinese before being sent to a prison camp on the Yalu River. After twenty-two months of captivity, he was released in a prisoner exchange on 3 September 1953. Upon his liberation, Stone learned that he was to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle near Sokkogae.

Stone's Medal of Honor was officially approved on 20 October 1953 and it was presented to him a week later. At a ceremony in the White House on 27 October, President Dwight Eisenhower presented Medals of Honor to Stone and six others.

Stone reached the rank of Colonel and served in the Vietnam War before retiring from the Army.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division

Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 21 and 22 November 1951

G.O. No.: 82, 20 October 1953


1st Lt. Stone, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, holding a vital outpost position, was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, 1st Lt. Stone stood erect and exposed to the terrific enemy fire calmly directed his men in the defense. A defensive flame-thrower failing to function, he personally moved to its location, further exposing himself, and personally repaired the weapon. Throughout a second attack, 1st Lt. Stone; though painfully wounded, personally carried the only remaining light machine gun from place to place in the position in order to bring fire upon the Chinese advancing from 2 directions. Throughout he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense. Although again wounded, he continued the fight with his carbine, still exposing himself as an example to his men. When this final overwhelming assault swept over the platoon's position his voice could still be heard faintly urging his men to carry on, until he lost consciousness. Only because of this officer's driving spirit and heroic action was the platoon emboldened to make its brave but hopeless last ditch stand.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Stone also received the Purple Heart.


Colonel Stone died on 9 November 2012 in Arlington, TX.

Honoree ID: 1242   Created by: MHOH




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