SGT Mitchell W. Stout
SGT Mitchell W. Stout
1950 - 1970

Medal of Honor Recipient

Medal of Honor
SGT Mitchell W. Stout


Rank: Sergeant, E-5
Branch: U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery
Organization: Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group

Place: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam

Date: 12 March 1970

Entered service at: Raleigh, North Carolina

Born: 24 February 1950, Knoxville, Tennesse

Citation Reads:

SGT Mitchell W. Stout distinguished himself during an attack by a North Vietnamese Army Sapper company on his unit's firing position at Khe Gio Bridge.

Sergeant 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, Sergeant 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. Sergeant 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 United States Army.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall lists SGT Mitchell W. Stout on Panel 13W, Row 121.
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Note 1: At the time of this action, SGT Stout was only 5 weeks into his second tour in the Republic of South Vietnam. His awards inlude the Bronze Star w/1OLC, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/1OLC, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Note 2: Also killed in this action was SP4 Terry Lee Moser, of Barto, Pennsylvania. He was assigned with C Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall lists SP4 Terry Lee Moser on Panel 13W, Row 119.

Note 3: Also "missing" in this action was 2LT Gary B. Scull, of Harlan, Iowa. He was an advisor assigned with Advance Team3, MACV. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall lists MAJ Gary B. Scull on Panel 13W, Row 120.

Mitchell W. Stout Gymnasium
Stout Gymnasium
Fort Bliss, Texas

SGT Mitchell W. Stout

SGT Stout's First Tour !
1-4 Sqd,B-2-47 Inf, 9th Inf Div
Photo Courtesy of Ed Andrews, Squad Leader

On his first tour in Vietnam, SGT Stout was a member of the 1st Platoon, 4th Squad, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment (MECH), 9th Infantry Division. The above photograph was taken sometime between November and December 1968, probably in Binh Phuoc, Long An Province, and pictures some members of his squad. From top left, clockwise, is Stan Krawiec, SGT Stout, Bob Varain, Richard Clendenning, Monte Swenson, and Ted Carlson. Photo Courtest of Ed Andrews, with a "xerox copy" courtesty of Harold "Doc" Peterson

1-4 Sqd, B-2-47 Inf, 9th Inf Div
Photo Courtesy of Randy Smith

SGT Mitchell W. Stout, in the center of photo, with Charles DeLong standing on the right!

SGT Mitchell W. Stout, again, during his first tour in Vietnam!
1-4 Sqd, B-2-47 Inf, 9th Inf Div
Photo Courtesy of the 9th Division's "Octafoil" Magazine, from Jimmy Weed

SGT Stout sitting, on the left front of the track, Christmas 1968, near the Ben Luc Bridge!

Gone, but not forgotten!

His Comrades Honor His Sacrifice

See the ADA Magazine Article on SGT Stout!

Battle At Khe Gio Bridge
As remembered by Don Wittenberger

A Related POW-MIA Site
A Tribute To 2LT Gary B. Scull
Missing In Action, and lost during this same combat action!

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Photo credit is given to Randy Smith, Ed Andrews, Jimmy Weed, and Harold "Doc" Peterson,
whose contributions helped to make this tribute page for Sgt Mitchell W. Stout possible!