DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - For the first time, a Medal of Honor recipient was laid to rest at DFW National Cemetery.
A native of Arkansas and long-time resident of Arlington, Colonel James Lamar Stone was given full military honors, including a fly over and Patriot Guard escort.
In 1951, as a First Lieutenant in the Korean War, Stone’s platoon came under fire and was outnumbered by Chinese forces. Stone rallied his men and fought back. He later stayed to cover his men as they retreated, despite being injured three times.
Stone was captured and spent 22 months in prison. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“He did not brag about it or flaunt it,” says friend Brad Collins. “When I asked the Colonel about having a pinning ceremony for him, he had one stipulation. The only way was if all the other veterans in attendance would be honored as well.”
Stone loved the military and was known to downplay his heroic actions. Friends and family remember him as the selfless soldier.
“This is a great country and it’s been made great by people such as Colonel Stone, who not only walk the walk but set the example and the mold for many of us to follow,” says Judge Brent Carr, a family friend.
Colonel Stone was 89 years old.
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