Sgt. Stone

Religion: not determined yet

Name: Sgt. Stone

Other Names: Sergeant Stone; Sarge Stone

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America (vol. 1) #176 (Aug. 1974): "Captain America Must Die!"

Creators: Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, Vince Colletta

Number of Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: U.S. Army

Occupation: military officer

Location: New York City, New York, USA

Race: white

Gender: male

Note: rejected Steve Rogers' application to join Army

Steve Rogers was a patriotic young man who desperately wanted to join the U.S. Army so he could fight against Nazi oppression. At the age of 18 he went to the Army recruitment center on Whitewall Street to apply. He was given a physical exam. But the next morning, he found that his application had been rejected.

In panel 7 on page 2 in Captain America (vol. 1) #176, Steve Rogers is shocked by his rejection. He stands before the desk of Sgt. Stone (whose name can be seen on a name placard sitting on the desk). Sgt. Stone is stamping Rogers' application with a "REJECTED" stamp.

Steve Rogers exclaims: "Rejected? What do you mean rejected? I want to be a soldier, I tell you!"

Sgt. Stone explains: "Sorry, son. You're much too frail for military service. I wish we could take you, son. I really do. Pretty soon, a guy without a uniform's going to feel pret-ty funny around these parts!"

Steve Rogers said: "Sarge, you've just got to accept me! I'll do anything!"

As fate would have it, a high-ranking military officer overheard Steve Rogers' conversation with Sgt. Stone. This officer told Steve Rogers that if was willing to be the subject of an experiment, he could have a chance to serve his country. This, of course, is what led to Steve Rogers becoming Captain America.

In addition to the two panels in which Sgt. Stone rejects Steve Rogers' application and discusses the rejection with him, Sgt. Stone can be seen in the background in the medical examination room where a doctor examined Rogers' physique the day before. Stone can also be seen walking away from the scene as Rogers is approached by a military officer who invites him to participate in Project: Rebirth as an experimental human subject.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Captain America (vol. 1) #176 (Aug. 1974): "Captain America Must Die!" (4-panel cameo)