The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*STONE, LESTER R., JR.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23d
Infantry Division (Americal). Place and Date: West of Landing Zone Liz, Republic
of Vietnam, 3 March 1969. Entered service at: Syracuse N.Y. Born: 4 June
1947, Binghamton, N.Y.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Stone, distinguished himself while serving as squad leader
of the 1st Platoon. The 1st 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
machinegunner fall critically wounded, Sgt. Stone 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, Sgt. Stone had a malfunction in the
machinegun, preventing him from firing the weapon automatically. Displaying extraordinary
courage under the most adverse conditions, Sgt. Stone 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 Sgt. Stone. Disregarding the danger involved, Sgt. Stone rose to his knees and
began placing intense fire on the enemy at pointblank range, killing 6 of the enemy before
falling mortally wounded. His actions of unsurpassed valor were a source of inspiration to
his entire unit, and he was responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow
soldiers. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military
profession and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.