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Col. James L. Stone (1922 - 2012)

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  • "Read about his brave exploits during the Korean War. I was..."
    - Richard Cambier
  • "A Great American Hero. He inspired and challenged many..."
    - Steve Roop COL (R), USA
  • "May Jim rest in enternal peace amongst his fellow..."
    - Hal Fritz
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
  • "A heartfelt thank you, to Mr. Stone. A true American hero!..."
    - George Paschall

Stone, Col. James L. Col. James L. Stone, 89, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home November 9, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Service: A memorial service will be held for Stone Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St. Arlington, TX. 76010. Interment at DFW National Cemetery, Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home 1219 Davis Dr. Arlington, TX 76012. Memorials: In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Col. Stone's name to Hospice Plus, 3100 McKinnon Street, Suite 200, Dallas, TX. 75201 or the First Untied Methodist Church in Arlington for their building fund. Many thanks to the Hospice workers who helped Col. Stone and myself through a particularly difficult time. Your kindness and support were greatly appreciated. Col. Stone was very active in his church, First United Methodist of Arlington, Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 215 and the Legion of Valor, his good friend Major Richard Agnew presides over the Dallas Chapter. Colonel James Lamar Stone, a Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Pine Bluff, AR. on December 27, 1922. He was raised in Hot Springs, AR. Stone attended the University of Arkansas where he studied chemistry, zoology and was a member of the Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in 1947, Stone worked for the General Electric Company in Houston, TX. He was called to active duty in 1948 and trained at Fort Ord, CA. Stone was deployed to Korea as a First Lieutenant with Company F, Second Battalion, Eighth Calvary Regiment, First Calvary Division in early March 1951. On November 21, 1951, Stone was a platoon leader on a hill overlooking the Imjin River near Sokkogae. His small unit of 48 men was subject to a heavy mortar attack at about nine o'clock that night. Stone radioed for flares to be sent up above the hillside when the bombardment ended. The flares revealed an overwhelming enemy force advancing up the hill. The American defenses repelled the first attack wave, along with five others over the next three hours. The Chinese force received reinforce-ments after midnight, bringing their estimated number to roughly 800. The enemy attacked again and Stone directed the defense by moving from position to position in the trenches. Stone exposed himself to enemy fire in the process by climbing the sandbag trench walls. A flamethrower malfunctioned and its operator was killed, so Stone rushed through enemy fire, repaired it, and gave it to another solider to operate. The enemy then entered the American trenches and hand-to-hand combat ensued. Stone used his rifle as a club in the fighting before he seized the unit's only remaining machine gun and moved it several times to fire on advancing enemy soldiers. The fighting in the trenches killed half of Stone's men and Stone himself was wounded three times. He ordered the remaining soldiers to retreat while he stayed behind with the wounded to cover their escape. Stone and the other wounded soldiers were overwhelmed just before dawn. When the Army recaptured the position the next day they counted 545 enemy soldiers who died attacking Stone's unit. Stone was unconscious when captured by the Chinese and carried by stretcher to a nearby command post for his interrogation. He spent the next 22 months in a prisoner of war camp near the Yalo River. A few of Stone's letters home were received by his family, so they knew that he was alive. Stone befriended John "Doc" Watson, a West Point graduate from MS, at the POW camp. Throughout their time at the camp the two relied on each other for support. They were exchanged in the "Big Switch" prisoner exchange at the end of the war in September 1953. It was only after Stone was exchanged that he learned he was to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented the medal to Stone at the White House on October 27, 1953. Stone remained in the Army after returning to the United States. He served for a period of time in Germany before moving to the Fort Worth area to administer several ROTC units in the 1960's. Stone served a tour of duty in Vietnam, in 1971. He retired from the Army as a Colonel after almost 30 years of service. Stone has lived in Arlington, TX. since 1980. He is an active member of the Dallas-Fort Worth area Korean War Veterans Association. For a period of time he helped in a home building business started by his son, James L. Stone Jr. Stone was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed attending Texas Ranger games as well as his grandson Stewart's little league games. Col. Stone was preceded in death by his mother and father, State and Idell Stone, brother Edward and first wife, Jane Dickenson Stone. Survivors: Col. Stone is survived by his second wife, Mary Lou, oldest son James Jr., his wife Mary and Grandson Stewart, as well as son Ray and wife Marta, step daughter Amy Rodriguez, her husband Oscar, their children, Blake and Brittany and puppy Fivel.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 13, 2012
Col. James L Stone
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