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  • Final Mission of CPT Byron Clark Stone

    Posted on 4/19/17 - by Mark Coonrad
    On August 20th, 1964, CPT Byron Stone, 1LT James Coyle, 1LT William Ragin and SFC Tom Ward accompanied two under-strength ARVN Ranger companies and two regular ARVN infantry companies responding to a Viet Cong attack on an ARVN outpost and village near Phu Tuc in Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. As the ARVN force made its way along a major highway, the VC launched a vicious ambush characterized by constant bugle-and-bayonet charges into the ARVN positions. As the ARVN units collapsed around them, the four Americans stood their ground and attempted to rally their ARVN counterparts. 1LT Ragin was last seen firing his machine gun into the fourth and final VC assault. His body, shot in the cheek and neck, was found near a stream. SFC Ward was severely wounded and voluntarily proceeded to the location of the battalion advisor to support the defensive operation. He covered the ARVN Ranger withdrawal until succumbing to his wounds. His mortal wounds included gunshots to the upper and lower chest and bayonet stabs. CPT Stone remained in an exposed position defending friendly units and repelling the enemy, and held his position covering the withdrawal until he too was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the head. 1LT Coyle suffered a severe wound and sought cover in a ditch temporarily. He then ignored his own wound and climbed the bank and continued to unleash lethal fire on the oncoming VC troops. His body, with a lethal wound to his upper chest, was found next to CPT Stone’s.

    Outnumbered at least two to one, ARVN casualties from the approximately 360 soldiers in the field that day were reported to be 81 killed in action, 64 wounded in action and 61 missing in action. The bodies of the four American advisors were recovered by a small American tactical unit the following day and flown by helicopter back to Tan Son Nhut. After a memorial service on August 25th, these brave men made their final flight home and laid to rest.

    Captain Byron Stone, from Houston, Texas, was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to BDQ (Biet Dong Quan) Advisory Team TD 41, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1960 graduate of Texas A&M University, Stone had already completed one tour in Vietnam and had been awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was 26 years old when he died and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    First Lieutenant James Coyle, an “Army Brat” born at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to Special Detachment 5891, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point , Coyle was married and the father of two children. His second child was born just eight days before his death on August 20, 1964. He was 25 years old when he died and was posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    First Lieutenant William Ragin, from Palatka, Florida was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to BDQ (Biet Dong Quan) Advisory Team TD 41, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1961 graduate of The Citadel in South Carolina, Ragin was married and the father of two daughters. He was 25 years old when he died and posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    Sergeant First Class Tom Ward from Cincinnati, Ohio was an Infantry Senior Sergeant (Instructor) assigned to 41st ARVN Ranger Battalion, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 38-year old married father of one son, Ward had over 15 years of service. He was 38 years old when he died and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    [Taken from and Fournier, Richard (2014, August). Bloodiest 60 Minutes of Fighting In South Vietnam. VFW Magazine,. Retrieved from]
  • The Ultimate Sacrifice was made by this Corps member, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

    Posted on 5/28/16 - by thomas r bailey '53 TAMU thomas@HAL-PC.ORG
    The Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University
    Salute Capt. Byron C Stone '60
    “The Memorial for Vietnam Era”
    “Corps Plaza Memorial”
    College Station, Texas trb’63
    For more information or adding information contact:
    Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center 1400 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-1400 (979) 862-2862

  • A Very Special Friend and Fellow Aggie

    Posted on 8/20/14 - by Bill Taylor '63
    First ever Executive Officer for Animal “A” aka A-1; Texas A&M died August 20, 1964, fifty years ago today, “ in sixty minutes of the bloodiestfighting” . The Silver Star award documentation is worthy of your time to read. Certainly, B.C. Stone served bravely and we “Animals” can credit him and his other classmates for the foundation upon which the legacy of Animal “A” was commenced.

    R.I.P. “B C” Stone!

  • Distinguished Service Cross Citation

    Posted on 8/20/14 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Byron Clark Stone
    Date of birth: 21-Dec-37
    Date of death: August 20, 1964
    Home of record: Houston Texas
    Status: KIA


    Distinguished Service Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Byron Clark Stone (ASN: 0-91522), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Captain Stone distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 August 1964 while serving as an advisor to the 41st Ranger Battalion, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, when the friendly forces were suddenly ambushed by hostile elements. Undaunted by the extremely heavy enemy gun fire, Captain Stone completely disregarded his own personal safety and bravely exposed himself to the full force of the violent enemy attack to cover the withdrawal of the friendly troops. During the ensuing battle in which the enemy launched several vicious assaults, he remained in an exposed position to defend the friendly units and repel the enemy. Although the intensity of the enemy gun fire increased, he demonstrated fortitude and perseverance by holding his position for 1 hour and 40 minutes while annihilating a great number of enemy troops. Despite the overwhelming onslaught, he covered the withdrawal of the friendly forces with outstanding effectiveness and continued his courageous efforts until mortally wounded. Captain Stone's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 2 (February 5, 1965)

    Action Date: 20-Aug-64

    Service: Army

    Rank: Captain

    Company: American Advisor

    Battalion: 41st Ranger Battalion

    Regiment: Army of the Republic of Vietnam

    Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
  • Rest Easy

    Posted on 5/26/14
    Rest easy brother we'll carry the load from here.
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