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In Memoriam: Sergeant 1st Class John Thomas Stone
Jared Smith, trainer at the United States Army’s Mountain Warfare School in Vermont and longtime reader, writes to me, and to everyone:
I got the breath knocked out of me in central Asia a few weeks ago: Army Medic and Mountain Soldier Tom Stone perished in a fire fight in Afghanistan as he was working to save the life of a wounded Canadian soldier. Stony was on his third tour of duty as a medic in support of our efforts to train the Afghan National Army. He was a dedicated soldier and skilled medic. His passion was to establish small clinics in remote villages to provide medicines and treatment to families and especially children. At a fit 52 years of age he had many professional options, but he felt his military duty was too important to neglect. A natural adventurer and raconteur; he is one of only three individuals to effectively walk around the world! Stony was not an iconoclast; he took great pains to maintain communication with friends and family and Pomfret, Vermont school children as he traveled and served.
His sense of the world as a big place, with room for all, was matched by the size of his heart. Stony ‘s small force of U.S., Afghan and Canadian soldiers was engaged by superior numbers in waves and held in defensive positions for 12 hours. Under fire, Stony had treated and saved one wounded soldier and immediately returned—still under fire—to save a wounded Canadian soldier in grave danger. Stony was killed as he worked as a medic over the young Canadian. They met their death together. Blood spilled as allies for perhaps the first time since World War 2. Momentous and very sad. Greater love hath no man €¦
I share this with you Joe, because in some Stephen Crane-like way, you seem to understand the soldier ‘s life, and I wish to reinforce your instinct. Tom Stone was a quiet American and a great man. He processed ability and understanding far beyond the ken of many in our fame and wealth obsessed society. I think that a man like Bill Gates represents surface tension. With Stony, it was all depth. Clearly, his life demonstrated that his compassion for his fellow man was drawn from a deep well of everlasting springs.
No, I cannot purport to understand the soldier’s life one whit, but Jared does. And it is through men like him that great lives, as that of Sergeant Tom Stone’s was, become known. Stone was the first Vermonter killed in Afghanistan. His funeral, reported on by WCAX-TV, was attended by more than 450 people.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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