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Earl Stone Jr. Dies in Bataan Parents Told
"Fighting to the last in the air warfare over Bataan, Lieu. Earl Stone Jr., 23-year-old Los Angeles pilot, was killed in action March 24 [sic date of death February 9, 1942], the War Department announced yesterday,
But the score was three - or more - to one.
One Feb. 3 Lieut. Stone's parents Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Stone of 1609 S. St. Andrews Place, received a laconic message from their fighting son: 'Feel fin. Got three. Love...'
Mr and Mrs Stone
are living temporarily near Randolph Field, Tex., to be near their youngest son Wes, 21, who is training to be a military pilot at the same school where Earl learned to fly.
Ear Stone was a member of the 17th Pursuit Squadron with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Bataan.
His battling unit held out against greatly superior forces, attacking in swift hit-and-run raids day after day.
Shortly after knocking three Japs out of the sky he was wounded in a dog fight but parachuted to safely.
Stone was born here [Los Angeles, CA], became captain of the football team at Franklin Avenue School, won honors as a debate captain in high school and was graduated by the Los Angeles campus of the University of California in 1940.
Credit: Los Angeles Times Date: circa March 1942
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