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Medal of Honor recipient buried at DFW National Cemetery

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Retired Army Col. James Stone of Arlington has become the first Medal of Honor recipient buried at DFW National Cemetery.

Col. Stone died at his Arlington home Sunday of cancer at the age of 89.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the Korean War, when despite being wounded three times he stood on a hill and faced waves of Chinese troops to cover his platoon's retreat.

He was captured and spent two years in a prison camp.

When he was released, President Eisenhower presented him with the nation's highest military award.

"He was a very humble man. He didn't speak of his accomplishments. He didn't want anybody to know he was famous," said Ray Stone, his son. "He was just a proud leader of men. He said all the honor deserves to be with the men."

The procession from the church to DFW National Cemetery was a patriotic tribute with motorcycle escorts and uniformed officers saluting along with way.

Col. Stone spent nearly 30 years in the Army and also did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

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