Andalusia welcoming home war hero 74 years later

Second Lt. Walter ‘Buster’ Stone (Source: Andalusia)
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ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Andalusia prepares to welcome home Second Lt. Walter “Buster” Stone 74 years after his war plane crashed behind enemy lines in northern France.

Excavators found Stone’s remains in 2017 and subsequent DNA testing positively identified the remains as Walter Stone.

The war hero died in October 22, 1943. He was just 24-years-old.

Stone’s funeral begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Home Baptist Church 15 miles outside of Andalusia.

Andalusia city leaders are encouraging everyone to line the streets beginning in front of Foreman-Brown Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Saturday. The procession with a police and military escort will proceed through town in front of city hall around the courthouse square and south on Three Notch Street to the church.

Mr. Stone’s name is already etched on the World War ll memorial near city hall. Now that his remains have been recovered including his military dog tag, a rose will be placed near his name against the black granite.

Stone was part of a bomber escort mission when he somehow got separated in bad weather and crashed. He was piloting a P-47 Thunderbolt.

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