|Mitchell William Stout|
Army Medal of Honor
|Born||February 24, 1950|
|Died||March 12, 1970(aged 20)|
|Place of birth||Knoxville, Tennessee|
|Place of burial||Virtue Cemetery, Concord, Tennessee|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968 - 1970|
|Unit||44th Artillery Regiment|
Medal of Honor|
Mitchell William Stout (February 24, 1950 – March 12, 1970) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
Stout joined the Army from Raleigh, North Carolina with a military occupational specialty of 16F (Light Air Defense Artillery Crewmember) in 1968. By March 12, 1970 was serving as a Sergeant in Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery Regiment. On that day, at Khe Gio Bridge in the Republic of Vietnam, Stout picked up an enemy-thrown grenade and used his body to shield his comrades at the expense of his own life.
Stout, aged 20 at his death, was buried in Virtue Cemetery, Concord, Tennessee.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Sergeant Stout's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Sgt. Stout distinguished himself during an attack by a North Vietnamese Army Sapper company on his unit's firing position at Khe Gio Bridge. Sgt. Stout was in a bunker with members of a searchlight crew when the position came under heavy enemy mortar fire and ground attack. When the intensity of the mortar attack subsided, an enemy grenade was thrown into the bunker. Displaying great courage, Sgt. Stout ran to the grenade, picked it up, and started out of the bunker. As he reached the door, the grenade exploded. By holding the grenade close to his body and shielding its blast, he protected his fellow soldiers in the bunker from further injury or death. Sgt. Stout's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the U.S. Army.
The I-75 bridge across the Tennessee River at Loudon, Tennessee was named in honor of Sgt. Stout.
- ↑ http://www.mishalov.com/Stout.html
- ↑ "Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. October 3, 2003. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/vietnam-m-z.html. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- ↑ http://www.blissmwr.com/gyms/
- ↑ http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/p15040coll2&CISOPTR=6035&filename=6036.pdf
- "Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. October 3, 2003. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/vietnam-m-z.html. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
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