Robert Stone

Robert W Stone (1920 - 1944)

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2nd Lt. Robert W Stone
Born in Nebraska, United Statesmap
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Biography

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

Military Service

  • 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." [1]

Lt. Stone has also been awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart. [2] [3] [4]

Parents

Parents: Robert Frank Stone (1890-1968) and Stella S. Scott (1891-1973) [5]

Timeline

Residence 1930: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States [6]

Residence 1940: Ward 2, North Platte, North Platte Election Precinct, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States [7]

Enlistment WWII: October 17, 1942, San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas, United States[8]

Killed in Action: June 14, 1944. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Burial: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, North Platte Cemetery [15]

Research Notes

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.

  • Education: 2 years of college
  • Civilian Occupation: Sales clerks
  • Marital Status: Single, without dependents

Sources

  1. "Robert W. Stone", Wall of Valor, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=50036
  2. "University of Nebraska-Lincoln Year Book 1945", http://transcribe.unl.edu/content/university-nebraska-lincoln-yearbook-1945-image-057
  3. "Robert W. Stone", National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, https://www.thepurpleheart.com/roll-of-honor/profile/default?rID=a76450a2-62af-4f8a-91ef-9315d8bd2bfb
  4. "Robert W. Stone", 301 Bombardment Group WWII, http://www.301bg.com/stone_robert_s1310_301bg.cfm
  5. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV24-LXMS : 13 December 2015), Robert W. Stone, 1944; Burial, North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, North Platte Cemetery; citing record ID 62536794, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. "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.
  9. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV24-LXMS : 13 December 2015), Robert W. Stone, 1944; Burial, North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, North Platte Cemetery; citing record ID 62536794, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  10. "Robert W. Stone", Wall of Valor, http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=50036
  11. "University of Nebraska-Lincoln Year Book 1945", http://transcribe.unl.edu/content/university-nebraska-lincoln-yearbook-1945-image-057
  12. Beatrice Daily Sun from Beatrice, Nebraska, Tuesday, November 21, 1944 • Page 8
  13. The Nebraska State Journal , Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday, July 27, 1944, Page 2
  14. Lincoln Nebraska State Journal Newspaper Archives, November 21, 1944 - Page 7
  15. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV24-LXMS : 13 December 2015), Robert W. Stone, 1944; Burial, North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America, North Platte Cemetery; citing record ID 62536794, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.


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