James Marvin Stone's
Name: James Marvin Stone
Rank/Branch: O2/US Army
Unit: Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 15 June 1938
Home City of Record: Miami, FL
Date of Loss: 07 January 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 154047N 1081347E (BT032353)
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert S. Trujillo (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
SYNOPSIS: PFC Robert S. Trujillo, rifleman, and 1LT James M. Stone, company commander, were on a combat operation with their unit near the border of Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces in South Vietnam on January 7, 1968. During a firefight with a superior enemy force, their battalion was forced from their position and began a breakout maneuver.
Members of Trujillo's unit saw him stand up and start to advance with the armored personnel carriers (APCs) that were attached to his unit. That was the last time he was seen, and he was not wounded at that time.
In the same action, members of his company accompanied 1LT Stone as they executed the breakout maneuver. While making their way down a hill with the APCs, the small group encountered automatic weapons fire and was forced to take cover. When the firing stopped, one of the men noticed that 1LT Stone had his bloodstained hands over his face. A medic checked him and stated that there were no vital signs. His body was left behind.
A search of the area was conducted on January 8 and again on January 16, but Stone's body was not recovered, and Trujillo was never found.
591 American Prisoners of War were released in 1973, but nearly 2500 were not. Thousands of reports have been received by the U.S. Government that indicate hundreds of Americans are still alive and held captive in Southeast Asia, yet the government seems unable or unwilling to successfully achieve their release.
Policy statements indicate that "conclusive proof" is not available, but when it is, the government will act. Detractors state that proof is in hand, but the will to act does not exist.
Henry Kissinger has said that the problem of unrecoverable Prisoners is an "unfortunate" byproduct of limited political engagements. This does not seem to be consistent with the high value Americans place on individual human lives.
Men like Trujillo and Stone, who went to Vietnam because their country asked it of him are too precious to the future of this nation to write off as expendable.
Please contact the President, Vice President, your Congressmen or women, and your Senators to let them know how strongly you feel about these issues. This is the only approach we have to change U. S. Policies and return our "boys" to their homeland. Let the people know WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN. Please do it now.
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