2nd Lt. Robert Stone was Killed in Action during World War II.
2nd Lt. Robert Stone served in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II Service started: October 17, 1942 Unit(s): 353rd Bombardment Squadron, 301st Bombardment Group (Heavy), 15th Air Force Service ended: KIA 14 Jun 1944
Enlisted: 17 Oct 1942
Rank at Enlistment: Private
Army Air Forces, 353d Bombardment Squadron, 301st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force
Serial Number: 17063990
Awarded the Air Medal
Awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry and Self Sacrifice (Posthumously)
Awarded the Purple Heart (Posthumously)
Action Date: June 14, 1944
Rank on date of death: 2nd Lieutenant
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Robert W. Stone (ASN: 0-691310), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action against the enemy as a B-17 Bomber Pilot of the 353d Bombardment Squadron, 301st Bombardment Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, on 14 June 1944. While on a bombing mission to destroy vitally important oil storage and refinery facilities in Hungary, the B-17 piloted by Lieutenant Stone was destroyed by mechanical explosion of one engine followed by gasoline explosion of the left wing. Thinking only for the safety of his crew, five members of which were on their initial flight, he calmly and competently issued instructions to insure their safe abandonment of the disabled plane. One member of the crew was seized with a paroxysm of ear and attached himself immovably to a fixture inside the plane. By superb skill, Lieutenant Stone succeeded in holding his aircraft to a steady and level glide, and in utter disregard for his own life, stayed with his ship to his death solely to afford the greatest possible measure of protection to his crew members. By his gallantry and self-sacrifice, his courage and devotion to duty in the performance of his assignment and responsibilities at a time of much personal danger and against heavy odds, he has reflected the highest credit upon himself and the military service. great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States of America."
Lt. Stone has also been awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart.
Parents: Robert Frank Stone (1890-1968) and Stella S. Scott (1891-1973) 
Residence 1930: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States 
Residence 1940: Ward 2, North Platte, North Platte Election Precinct, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States 
Enlistment WWII: October 17, 1942, San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas, United States
Burial: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, North Platte Cemetery 
Records and headstone in North Platte Cemetery seem to conflict. Robert W. Stone was awarded the Silver Star Posthumously. However, records seem to indicate his rank was 2nd Lt. not 1st Lt as shows on his headstone. Also appears to be some discrepancy as to where he was killed. The stone reads "Over Italy" articles seem to indicate the incident happened over Hungary.
After further research into Robert's family, the incorrect rank on his headstone may come from a mix up with his older brother, Dr. Frank Paschal Stone, who in 1944 graduated from medical school and was in December of 1943 promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ29-WDC : accessed 20 July 2017), Robert W Stone in household of Robert F Stone, North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 33, sheet 18A, line 21, family 446, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1287; FHL microfilm 2,341,022.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9M6-33V : accessed 20 July 2017), Robert W Stone in household of Robert F Stone, Ward 2, North Platte, North Platte Election Precinct, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 56-34, sheet 3B, line 48, family 70, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2256.
↑ "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMNN-7GZ : 5 December 2014), Robert W Stone, enlisted 17 Oct 1942, San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.