Guy Orlando Stone

Guy OrlandoStone (1896 - 1980)

Guy Orlando Stone was born and reared in Glenwood and attended Brewton Parker Institute before enlisting in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1917. From Ft McPherson, he was assigned for flight training at Georgia Institute of Technology and Hemstead Field, Long Island, New York, before being sent overseas to Issoudun, France. Commissioned a first lieutenant, Stone flew with the Italians, the French and the British during World War I, his duties ranging from observation and cross-country flying to flight instruction. He served with Major Fiorello LaGuardia in Italy and flew with many military aviation pioneers, including Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and General Billy Mitchell. Stone flew the French Farman, Caudron, Nieuport 18, the British Avro 504 and the British-designed but American-built DH-4. Among his decorations' were the Republic of Italy's Sir Knight in Royalty Medal and the French Medaille de la Liberte. A Founder Member of the exclusive Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of military pilots begun by World War I aviators, Stone was an Honorary Member of the Italian Air Force, and a Life Member of the American Dominion Association of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans of Canada. An aviation enthusiast and avid collector of memorabilia, Stone presented his rich historical collection to Robins Air Force Base, giving impetus to creation of a museum.

Guy Orlando Stone was enshrined August 26, 1989, in recognition of his status as a pioneer Georgia military pilot, aviation historian and Founder Member of the Order of Daedalians.