The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 and certified by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a qualified private charitable foundation under Section 501 (C) (3) of the IRS Code with approval to disburse funds for charitable purposes, to promote education, to support public safety, and to combat unethical conduct, crime, and corruption.
As a result of the Founder's efforts while a member of the Department of Defense in 2011 and 2012, the Board of Directors approved the continuation of efforts to research and investigate cases of those who remain unaccounted for from World War II. The purpose of this research is to promote the education of family members and others by aiding in the recovery, identification, and return of these missing heroes.
Among other resources, the Foundation maintains the "Master Tarawa Casualty Research Database", which is continually being updated and expanded by our researchers to aid in investigations related to the Battle of Tarawa. We stand ready, upon request by the Department of Defense, to utilize our "Random Incident Statistical Correlation (RISC)" profiling system, in conjunction with this database, to provide recommendations for forensic identification analysis on any remains recovered from WWII.
One unique aspect of The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation is that our By-Laws were formulated to insure that not one single penny can ever be spent for "administrative compensation". ALL members of the Foundation including our Founder, Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, researchers, staff, and investigators agree to serve without compensation. NO salaries or funds of any kind are ever paid to anyone for work at the Foundation. The Foundation does not sell its reports or copies of government records to anyone. We do not sell "memberships", battlefield tours, or hire telemarketers to solicit money from anyone, nor do we seek government support.
We operate as a "charitable foundation" rather than a "non-profit" entity, which means that all of our funds are disbursed as grants for charitable purposes, to promote education, to support public safety, and to combat unethical conduct, crime, and corruption; rather than paid to ourselves for "administrative compensation". Because of this unique stance in keeping with the ethical principles of our Founder, we must hold our expenses to an absolute minimum in acquiring the research materials necessary to complete comprehensive research reports for the families of those who remain missing. Those who wish to do so may find information on how to send a fully tax deductible charitable donation in support of our work at our web site: www.ChiefRickStone.com
Your support of our Foundation's efforts is greatly appreciated!
RE: CPL Walter T. Percer I am sorry, I missed seeing your e-mail to me. NO, I am not a family member but I know the family. They live in my home town and I have collected some info on CPL Walter T. Percer for them in the past. I am going to pass this message from the Foundation on to the family so they can contact you in person. Thank You, Sherri Cheek
RE: PFC John Cecil De Lellis I am a nephew of PFC DeLellis. He went by Jack. Jack was the oldest of 5 children. My mother Grace is the second oldest and is the only surviving sibling. Jack's three brothers also served in WWII (Victor-Army; and Paul and Don--Navy). Jack's father Vergino was a WWI Army veteran and is buried at the Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee. Jack's mother Grace emmigrated to the US from England and was a nurse. She met my grandfather while caring for TB patients after WWI. Jack was an Eagle Scout and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to entering the Marine Corps. Jack was killed by a sniper while unloading supplies on the beach at Tarawa. His body was never recovered. My family was recently contacted by the Marine Corp POW/MIA unit in Virginia. We hope that DNA samples being provided may help to identify Jack's remains. We know this is a long shot, but there's always hope. We are very gratified to know that the search goes on after more than 72 years. The Corps lives up to it's motto of Semper Fi!
PFC Randolph Allen So thankful he was identified, may he rest in peace: PFC Randolph Allen Memorial# 131881208 Memorial# 56113951 DoD Identifies Missing World War II Marine http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122716
RE: CPL Allen M. Berge OMG! I've been trying to find anything I can regarding my uncle Allen Marvin. I contacted the author of Tarawa's Grave Diggers and he said that Allen Marvin is one of the few men who does not have a grave marker. He was reported missing in action and later killed in action so info is confusing. Also, his buddy Velma Utah Summers brought my uncles wallet home with him and he was the last person who saw my uncle alive. Velma was killed in a car accident after he got home. So if Velma saw him alive, why was he missing in action?? It's been a puzzle I would like to solve more than anything. Thank You Kris Krueger Phone 608-245-9715
PFC Harold W. Hayden I recently had trouble with my att email. I lost the info that you sent me about your foundation and the info you had for Harold Hayden. If you could resend the info to email@example.com I would greatly appreciate it. Any info on the finding of remains at Tarawa would also be appreciated. Thank you, Phyllis Burkett
I am one of two surviving grandchildren of PFC Andrew Polmaskitch. Andrew was stationed in Wellington NZ for exercises prior to landing on Tarawa. He met my grandmother Vera while stationed there. My mother was adopted at birth. I would like to find a photo of him and any information about any possible living relatives in the US.
Glenn Happe I'm doing some genealogy on Glenn Happe who was the first husband of Evelyn Ann Claussen. Do you know what battalion and company was assigned to. Also I believe his birth last name was Shaw.
Stanley Sage Smith You have him listed on his page #27926074 as MIA. I have the original newspaper clipping from Sandpoint, Idaho that I have posted on his memorial. It states as "killed in action". I found this article this past weekend in my fathers scrapbook from WWII. Thank you!