07 Jan 1968 A and C Companies, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 07 Jan 1968 A and C Companies, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, were ambushed in the Que Son Valley by the 3rd NVA Regiment. Twentythree US soldiers died in the ensuing fight:
* A Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
o SSG Delmer R. Jones, Ripley, WV
o SSG Robert S. Trujillo, Santa Fe, NM
o SGT Donald R. Bruckner, Garfield Heights, OH
o SGT Edward J. Reeder, Boothwyn, PA
o SGT Robert W. Vaden, Camp Springs, MD
o SP4 Manuel Casilla-Vazquez, New York, NY
o CPL Robert L. Heller, Long Beach, CA
o SP4 Robert C. Kearney, Seattle, WA
o SP4 Frank Sutton, Phoenix, AZ
o PFC Conrad N. Gonzalez, New York, NY
* C Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
o 1LT James M. Stone, Miami, FL (Dist Svc Cross)
o SGT Wojciech Wysocki, New York, NY
o CPL Arnoldo L. Carrillo, Benavides, TX
o SP4 Hubert Royster, Oxford, NC
o PFC Rufus Hood, Texas City, TX
* HHC, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
o LTC Bob L. Gregory, Oklahoma City, OK (Dist Svc Cross) *
o MAJ Lawrence M. Malone, Seattle, WA *
o MSG Richard C. Keefe, Houston, TX (Silver Star) *
* B Trp, 1st Sqdn, 1st Cavalry, Americal Div
o CPT John L. Barovetto, Davis, CA
* HHC, 2nd Bde, 1st Cav Div
o WO Robert F. Bahl, Pittsburgh, PA * need to fix
o WO Marshall H. Ford, Marlborough, NH * need to fix
* HHC, 3rd Bde, 1st Cav Div
o SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale, Bennington, OK *
o CPL Lloyd E. Knake, St James, MN *
LTC Bob L. Gregory, Commanding Officer, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, and six others (with an asterisk ) were killed when Gregory's command helo was shot down. Gregory was subsequently awarded a posthumous DSC for his actions during an engagement in the same area several days prior to his death.
CPT John L. Barovetto was killed while leading a relief column to assist the 2/12 Cav troopers.
HHC 3 BDE 1 CAV
A/C shot down and crashed during Tet 68.
WO1 Robert F. Bahl Jr [P]
WO1 Marshall H. Ford [P]
SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale [CE]
PFC Lloyd E. Knake [G]
LTC Bob L. Gregory
SFC Richard C. Keefe
MAJ Lawrence M. Malone
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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) James Marvin Stone, 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 Company C, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
First Lieutenant Stone distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 January 1968 as commanding officer of an airmobile infantry company on a search and destroy operation in the Que Son Valley. A sister unit had become heavily engaged in combat with a North Vietnamese Army battalion, and Lieutenant Stone led his men to reinforce the beleaguered troops. His company was savagely attacked with mortars and encircled by the enemy.
He then directed maneuver elements of his unit to link up with an enveloped platoon of the second company while he led a furious assault against the numerically superior enemy. His slashing attack momentarily disorganized the hostile force and enabled the trapped platoon to move from its untenable position. As the enemy fusillade increased, Lieutenant Stone joined forces with the sister unit's main body, deploying his men in abandoned trenches and directed devastating return fire on the attackers.
As the intensity of the fight increased, it became necessary for the friendly force to break out of the enemy encirclement or face possible annihilation. Fully exposing himself to a withering hostile barrage, Lieutenant Stone called suppressing artillery fire against North Vietnamese positions and supervised the preparation of the wounded for movement.
Braving ravaging mortar and recoilless rifle fire, he then directed his troops' savage assault on the enemy lines. With bullets striking all around him, he led the fierce charge along a North Vietnamese trenchline and his men succeeded in breaking the encirclement. He was mortally wounded while fearlessly leading his company in close combat against a determined enemy force.
First Lieutenant 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: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1838 (April 20, 1968)
Action Date: 7-Jan-68
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade
Division: 1st Cavalry Division