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First Name: Byron

Last Name: Stone

Birthplace: Somerset, KY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: Houston, TX
Middle Name: Clark



Date of Birth: 21 December 1937

Date of Death: 20 August 1964

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 1960 - 1964
Byron Clark Stone

   
Engagements:
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Byron Clark Stone
Captain, U.S. Army

Byron Clark Stone was born on 21 December 1937 in Somerset, KY, the son of Charles W. and Jeanette D. Stone. He graduated from Texas A&M College and its Reserve Officer Training Course on 20 May 1960 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army.

On 20 August 1964, Captain Byron Clark Stone was serving with United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, in South Vietnam.

On that day, CPT Stone was serving as an advisor to the 41st Ranger Battalion, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, when the friendly forces were suddenly ambushed by hostile elements. Despite the heavy enemy gun fire, CPT Stone exposed himself to the full force of the violent enemy attack to cover the withdrawal of the friendly troops. During the ensuing battle in which the enemy launched several assaults, he remained in an exposed position to defend the friendly units and repel the enemy. Although the intensity of the enemy gun fire increased, he held his position for 1 hour and 40 minutes while killing a great number of enemy troops. He covered the withdrawal of the friendly forces with outstanding effectiveness and continued until mortally wounded. CPT Stone's courageous actions and extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards, Badges and Tabs

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Purple Heart
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Byron Clark Stone (ASN: 0-91522), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Captain Stone distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 August 1964 while serving as an advisor to the 41st Ranger Battalion, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, when the friendly forces were suddenly ambushed by hostile elements. Undaunted by the extremely heavy enemy gun fire, Captain Stone completely disregarded his own personal safety and bravely exposed himself to the full force of the violent enemy attack to cover the withdrawal of the friendly troops. During the ensuing battle in which the enemy launched several vicious assaults, he remained in an exposed position to defend the friendly units and repel the enemy. Although the intensity of the enemy gun fire increased, he demonstrated fortitude and perseverance by holding his position for 1 hour and 40 minutes while annihilating a great number of enemy troops. Despite the overwhelming onslaught, he covered the withdrawal of the friendly forces with outstanding effectiveness and continued his courageous efforts until mortally wounded. Captain Stone's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 2 (February 5, 1965)

Honors

The name Byron C Stone is located on Panel 1E Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Burial

Captain Byron Clark Stone is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Arlington County, VA, in Section 35, Site 1960.

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