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Lester Raymond Stone, Jr.



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Chenango Valley Cemetery

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Born:  June 04, 1947 at Binghamton, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Syracuse, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 03, 1969 at Landing Zone Liz, Vietnam

Died:  March 03, 1969 at the age of 21

Sergeant Stone's platoon was on a combat patrol mission just west of Landing Zone Liz when it came under intense automatic weapons and grenade fire from a well concealed company-size force of North Vietnamese regulars. Observing the platoon machine gunner fall critically wounded, he remained in the exposed area to provide cover fire for the wounded soldier who was being pulled to safety by another member of the platoon. With enemy fire impacting all around him, Sergeant Stone had a malfunction in the machinegun, preventing him from firing the weapon automatically. Displaying extraordinary courage under the most adverse conditions, he repaired the weapon and continued to place on the enemy positions effective suppressive fire which enabled the rescue to be completed. In a desperate attempt to overrun his position, an enemy force left its cover and charged Sergeant Stone. Disregarding the danger involved, he rose to his knees and began placing intense fire on the enemy at pointblank range, killing six of the enemy before falling mortally wounded.



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