Stephen H. Doane


Stephen H. Doane

First Lieutenant Stephen H. Doane graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate Class Number 519, 12 March 1968, and was assigned as an instructor with the physical conditioning committee of the Ranger Department, United States Army Infantry School. Doane was subsequently assigned to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as a platoon leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division until he lost his life in combat on 25 March 1969. | ATTENTION TO ORDERS | Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., General Order Number 7 dated 9 March 1971. By direction of the President, under the Joint Resolution of Congress approved 12 July 1862 (amended by act of 3 March 1863, act of 9 July 1918 and act of 25 July 1963), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty is awarded posthumously by the Department of the Army in the name of Congress to:  First Lieutenant Stephen H. Doane, Infantry, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, who was serving as a Platoon Leader in Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam on 25 March 1969, when his company, engaged in a tactical operation, abruptly contacted an enemy force concealed in protected bunkers and trenches. Three of the leading soldiers were pinned down by enemy cross fire. One was seriously wounded. After efforts of one platoon to rescue these men had failed, it became obvious that only a small group could successfully move close enough to destroy the enemy position and rescue or relieve the trapped soldiers. Lieutenant Doane, although fully aware of the danger of such an action, crawled to the nearest enemy bunker and silenced it.  He was wounded but continued to advance to a second enemy bunker. As he prepared to throw a grenade he was again wounded.  Undaunted, he deliberately pulled the pin on the grenade and lunged with it into the enemy bunker, destroying this final obstacle.  Lieutenant Doane’s supreme act enabled his company to rescue the trapped men without further casualties. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer was an inspiration to his men and are in the highest traditions of the United States Army. | Be it known that First Lieutenant Stephen H. Doane having displayed outstanding leadership and being duly qualified is placed on the Honor Roll in the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Attested at Fort Benning, Georgia on this 12th day of January 1973. Signed Orwin C. Talbott, Major General, United States Army, Commandant.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Highest Award
Medal of Honor
Year Inducted
Branch Of Service
First Lieutenant

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