Medal of Honor Citation

Corporal Tony Stein, who was killed in action on 1 March 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in repeated single-handed assaults against the enemy and outstanding valor in aiding wounded Marines during the initial assault on Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.

Less than two weeks after the action in which he earned the Nation's highest award for valor, he died in combat during a mission in which he and a group of fellow Marines had volunteered to locate some enemy machine gun emplacements which were holding up the advance of his entire company.

Corporal Stein's Medal of Honor and citation were presented to his widow on 19 February 1946 during a ceremony in the office of Governor Frank Lausche of Ohio.

Tony Stein was born in Dayton, Ohio, 30 September 1921, and attended Kiser High School there. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 22 September 1942.

Following the war, his remains were returned to the United States from the 5th Division Cemetery for reinterment in his native Dayton. Dayton's only World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor, Cpl Stein was buried with full military honors on Saturday, 17 December 1948, in Calvary Cemetery following funeral services in Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

World War II 1941-1945 Medal of Honor

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