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Elmer Fowler Stone

Date of birth: January 27, 1887
Date of death: May 20, 1936
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: New York, Livingstone
Home of record: Norfolk Virginia

Elmer Stone graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 1913. He became the Coast Guard's first aviator upon graduation from flight training at Pensacola. During World War I while assigned to the U.S.S. Huntington, he made several convoy escort patrols across the Atlantic. Lieutenant Stone was the Coast Guard's leading aviator, and in 1933 was the only pilot willing to risk a sea-landing during a major storm in order to rescue three survivors of the Navy dirigible Akron, which went down off the Atlantic coast. In 1934 he set a new world speed record for seaplanes. He died of a heart attack while serving in San Diego on May 26, 1936.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Elmer Fowler Stone, United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as a Member of the Crew of seaplane NC-4, in making the first successful Trans-Atlantic flight.

Action Date: May 8 - 27, 1919

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Seaplane NC-4