H.R. No. 977
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
 
         WHEREAS, A life ennobled by courage and years of service to
  his nation has ended with the death of retired U.S. Army colonel and
  Medal of Honor recipient James L. Stone of Arlington on November 9,
  2012, at the age of 89; and
         WHEREAS, The son of State and Idell Stone, James Lamar Stone
  was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on December 27, 1922, and raised
  in Hot Springs; he studied at the University of Arkansas, where he
  was a member of the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps; after
  graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and zoology in
  1947, he joined the General Electric Company in Houston; he
  answered his nation's call to duty in 1948, and after receiving
  training at Fort Ord, was sent to Korea as a first lieutenant with
  the Eighth Cavalry Regiment of the First Cavalry Division in 1951;
  and
         WHEREAS, On November 21, 1951, Lieutenant Stone was
  commanding a platoon on a hill overlooking the Imjin River when his
  position came under attack at nine o'clock in the evening by the
  Chinese Army; throughout the night, Lieutenant Stone and the 48 men
  in his unit fought a desperate struggle against a force that swelled
  to approximately 800 attackers; and
         WHEREAS, After a flamethrower malfunctioned and its operator
  was killed, Lieutenant Stone repaired it under fire, and then,
  taking charge of his command's only working machine gun, he moved
  from position to position to fend off the enemy; with half of his
  men dead, he ordered the rest to retreat while he remained behind to
  cover them; in the course of the fighting, he was wounded twice in
  the leg and once in the neck; and
         WHEREAS, Near daybreak, Lieutenant Stone and six other
  wounded Americans were taken prisoner by the Chinese; when American
  forces recovered the position later that day, they counted 545 dead
  enemy soldiers; Lieutenant Stone spent 22 months as a prisoner of
  war before being freed in a prisoner exchange in September 1953; in
  October of that same year, he was presented with the Medal of Honor
  by President Dwight D. Eisenhower; and
         WHEREAS, This brave soldier continued to serve his nation as
  a career army officer; following a period of time in Germany, he was
  reassigned to Texas, where he administered ROTC units in the Fort
  Worth area, and in 1971 he served a tour of duty in Vietnam; after
  nearly 30 years in the military, he retired at the rank of colonel;
  and
         WHEREAS, Preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Dickenson
  Stone, Colonel Stone was fortunate to find love again with his
  second wife, the former Mary Lou Hickman; he was the father of two
  sons, James and Ray; and
         WHEREAS, Colonel Stone settled in Arlington in 1980, and he
  worked for a time with his son James in a home-building business; he
  remained involved in the veterans community, playing an active role
  in Chapter 215 of the Korean War Veterans Association and in the
  Legion of Valor and taking part in Veterans Day ceremonies every
  year at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery; he was a keen
  baseball fan who delighted in attending Texas Rangers games and in
  watching his grandson, Stewart, play Little League; he was also a
  valued member of First United Methodist Church of Arlington; and
         WHEREAS, Representing the highest ideals of our nation's
  armed forces, Colonel James Stone not only demonstrated remarkable
  courage on one fateful night, he expressed his devotion to his
  country through nearly three decades of service, and the example of
  his life will forever inspire all those who knew and loved him; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Colonel James
  L. Stone and extend sincere condolences to the members of his
  family: to his wife, Mary Lou Stone; to his sons, James L. Stone,
  Jr., and his wife, Mary, and Ray Stone and his wife, Marta; to his
  grandson, Stewart; to his stepdaughter, Amy Rodriguez, her husband,
  Oscar, and their children, Blake and Brittany; and to his other
  relatives and friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Colonel
  James L. Stone.
 
  Patrick
 
  ______________________________
  Speaker of the House     
 
         I certify that H.R. No. 977 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on March 27, 2013.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House