|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 1964, Vietnam|
John Fredrick Stoneburner graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1953 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Artillery Branch. He served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and in Germany, before going to the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he earned a masters degree in nuclear engineering. Then-Capt Stoneburner was assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency (successor to the Manhattan Project) at the semi-secret atomic weapons installation Sandia Base near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In July, 1964, Stoneburner was promoted to Major. He then received orders to Vietnam. Maj Stoneburner arrived "in-country" on Thanksgiving Day, 1964. His wife Barbara and their three children, Leslie, Jeanine, and Karl, remained in government-furnished housing at Sandia Base.
Maj Stoneburner was assigned to Advisory Team 3, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) training ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) officers and soldiers. On 9 December 1964, Maj Stoneburner was with an ARVN unit fighting near Tam Ky, capital of the province of Quang Tin (now Quang Nam). At a location named Hill 159, Stoneburner and his ARVN partners were ambushed by the Viet Cong. Maj Stoneburner and another American advisor were killed by small arms fire.
John F. Stoneburner was the third son of Lester and Henrietta Stoneburner to die in war. His two brothers, Lt. William N. Stoneburner and PFC Earl R. Stoneburner, were both killed in World War II.
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section VIII, site 102
Created by: Craig Manson
Record added: Feb 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47596972
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