Col. James L Stone

December 27, 1922November 9, 2012
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Col. James L. Stone, 89, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Service: A memorial service will be held for Col. Stone at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St., Arlington. Interment: 3 p.m. Wednesday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 Davis Drive, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Col. Stone's name to Hospice Plus, 3100 McKinnon St., Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75201, or First United Methodist Church in Arlington for its 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, Maj. Richard Agnew, presides over the Dallas chapter. Col. James Lamar Stone, a Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on Dec. 27, 1922. He was raised in Hot Springs, Ark., and attended the University of Arkansas where he studied chemistry and zoology and was a member of the Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1947, he worked for the General Electric Co. in Houston. He was called to active duty in 1948 and trained at Fort Ord, Calif. He was deployed to Korea as a first lieutenant with Company F, Second Battalion, Eighth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, in early March 1951. On Nov. 21, 1951, he 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 9 p.m. He 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 reinforcements after midnight, bringing their estimated number to roughly 800. The enemy attacked again and he directed the defense by moving from position to position in the trenches. Col. Stone exposed himself to enemy fire in the process by climbing the sandbag trench walls. A flamethrower malfunctioned and its operator was killed, so Col. Stone rushed through enemy fire, repaired it and gave it to another soldier to operate. The enemy then entered the American trenches and hand-to-hand combat ensued. Col. 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 Col. Stone's men and he himself was wounded three times. He ordered the remaining soldiers to retreat while he stayed behind with the wounded to cover their escape. He 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 Col. Stone's unit. He 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 at a prisoner of war camp near the Yalu River. A few of his letters home were received by his family, so they knew that he was alive. He befriended John "Doc" Watson, a West Point graduate from Mississippi, 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 Col. Stone was exchanged that he learned he was to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented the medal to him at the White House on Oct. 27, 1953. Col. 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 1960s. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1971. He retired from the Army as a colonel after almost 30 years of service. Col. Stone had lived in Arlington since 1980. He was 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. Col. Stone was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed attending Texas Rangers 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; son, Ray and wife, Marta; and stepdaughter, Amy Rodriguez, her husband, Oscar, their children, Blake and Brittany; and puppy, Fivel.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Richard Cambier

January 9, 2013

Read about his brave exploits during the Korean War. I was in the 160th Inf. Reg. on Heartbreak Ridge in Jan.-Feb. of 52 as a rifleman. I also belong to the Graybeards and enjoy all the articles. Be very proud of a great man.

Steve Roop COL (R), USA

December 12, 2012

A Great American Hero. He inspired and challenged many Scouts he met at the Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies at the Cemetery for the last 7 years. Those Scouts' lives have forever been inscribed with his example of valor, duty, honor and country. Thank you Sir. Rest in Peace amongst your comrades. We will see you later.

Hal Fritz

November 23, 2012

May Jim rest in enternal peace amongst his fellow "Troopers". He will be missed by all of his Fellow Medal of Honor Brothers.

November 16, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

George Paschall

November 16, 2012

A heartfelt thank you, to Mr. Stone. A true American hero! My 3 young daughters will now learn of the hero who lived in their very own town. Wish I could have met him...


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Bill McKenzie

November 16, 2012

I am honored to have known such a great warrior and friend. Rest in peace, Colonel.

Tom Jones

November 16, 2012

It was my privilege to have been your nephew. I have so many fond memories of you, particularly in my youth. Thank you for supporting me in all my endeavors. God bless you, Uncle Jim. You will be missed. By the way, you raised two wonderful sons!

Georgia Park

November 15, 2012

Thank you Col Stone for your great service to our country. You are my hero! God Bless You!

danny horton

November 15, 2012

you,ve earned your place in are now with your men and they welcome you with opened arms.may your family rest easy knowing jesus is comforting you now and have taken the horrors of war from your mind. god bless