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  SGT David Ronald Stone    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Bravo Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SGT David Ronald Stone, who died in the service of his country on July 3rd, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death David was 27 years of age. He was from Pamplico, South Carolina. David is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 08E, Line 127.

The decorations earned by SGT David Ronald Stone include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Buried in the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery at 1501 North Old River Road in Pamplico. Pamplico is located about 20 miles southeast of Florence, SC in northeast South Carolina. Take exit 164 (Rt 52 south through Florence) Turn left (south) in about 5 miles at the intersection of Rt 51. Go south about 20 miles to Pamplico. The town is only about 1200 population. Anyone there should be able to point out cemetery. Note his wife Jane Kathleen Stone is buried beside him.

(His BSV Citation)

General Orders 35, Award of The Bronze Star for Heroism, 3rd Brigade Task Force, 25th Division, 30 July 1966

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Sergeant Stone distinguished himself by heroic actions on July 3 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Sergeant Stone was acting as a squad leader with the 3rd Platoon, B, 1/35th Infantry, which was on a search and destroy mission. His unit was ambushed by at least a reinforced company of NVA soldiers resulting in a portion of it being overrun and the remainder surrounded. While courageously exposing himself to enemy fire to point out targets to his men, Sergeant Stone was wounded. Receiving a heavy volume of fire from their rear, Sergeant Stone advanced alone against the enemy snipers there, killing at least four of them. In this act of great personal bravery, Sergeant Stone lost his life to enemy small arms fire. This outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.