Medal of Honor
STOUT, MITCHELL W.*
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery.
Place and date: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam, 12 March 1970.
Entered service at: Raleigh, N.C.
Born: 24 February 1950, Knoxville, Tenn.
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.
Sgt Mitchell W. Stout
Photo Courtesy of Randy Smith
Thanks to Dan Fisher, Webmaster of the 29th Field Artillery Regiment web site, for the photo.
GO HERE: To read an account of the Battle at Khe Gio Bridge by Don Wittenberger, who served with HHB 1/44 from April '69 to May '70.
The following message was received on 16 April 2001:
I am SPC Jerry Smith of the 4th Aviation Brigade,1st Cavalry Division Ft.Hood,TX . I was on my way to work one day and I thought as I went into the building one day, hmmmm, so I stopped to look at the memorial . My Brigade HQ is name after SGT. Mitchell Stout . So I thought I would get on the internet and check for a story about him, sure enough I found this site and I now have so much respect for this building.It may sound weird, but after reading the story about him I feel honored to work here . Plus he is from Tennessee too! I am from Surgoinsville which is about 60 mile east of his hometown of Lenoir City ,Tn .Well I have taken enough of your time .
--- General / Personal ---
Last name: STOUT
First name: MITCHELL WILLIAM
Home of Record (official): SANFORD
State (official): NC
Date of Birth: Friday, February 24, 1950
Marital Status: Single
--- Military ---
Serial Number: 243867173
Pay grade: E5
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 16F20
--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Friday, January 30, 1970
Date of Casualty: Thursday, March 12, 1970
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Quang Tri
The Wall: Panel 13W - Row 121
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