The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*DOANE, STEPHEN HOLDEN
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and
date: Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 March 1969. Entered service at:
Albany, N.Y. Born: 13 October 1947, Beverely, Mass.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. First Lt. Doane was serving as a platoon leader 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 crossfire.
One was seriously wounded. After efforts of 1 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, 1st Lt. 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. 1st Lt.
Doane's supreme act enabled his company to rescue the trapped men without further
casualties. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer were an
inspiration to his men and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army .