In a special way on Veterans Day, we remember and honor the brave men and women of our military whose sacrifices can never be forgotten.
James L. Stone’s courageous and humble service to his country in Korea earned him the Medal of Honor. His recent passing provides us with inspiration and a reminder of the people to whom we are indebted for building our great nation.
From the Washington Post:
On the evening of Nov. 21, 1951, James L. Stone looked out from his hilltop outpost in Korea and sensed what was coming. He was an Army lieutenant whose eight months of combat experience were enough to alert him to the imminence of an enemy assault.
The attack began at 9 p.m. with artillery and mortar fire and raged through the night as hundreds of Chinese stormed the hill. By the next day, half the men in the platoon were dead and their 28-year-old lieutenant had been shot three times.
But the lieutenant survived to spend nearly 30 years in the Army, rising to the rank of colonel and receiving the nation’s highest military decoration for valor.
“I don’t deserve the medal,” he said, near tears. “It should go to the men of my platoon. They were all so brave. Nothing I could say could tell you how proud I was to be with those men on that hill that night.”
When a defensive flamethrower failed to function and the operator was killed, Collier wrote, Col. Stone rushed to the site and restored it to working order for another operator.
At another point, he retrieved the platoon’s last light machine gun and carried it from position to position, firing on Chinese troops. “Throughout,” the citation reads, “he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense.”