Andalusia WWII hero welcomed home 75 years later

Andalusia WWII hero welcomed home 75 years later
Second Lt. Walter 'Buster' Stone was welcomed home Saturday in Andalusia. (Source: Michele Gerlach of the Andalusia Star News)

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (WSFA) - A celebration was held Saturday in Andalusia, welcoming home a World War II hero 75 years later.

Walter Stone’s name was long ago etched in the granite memorial near Andalusia City Hall, but the name and impressive monument never really brought closure to his family, until now.

Second Lt. Walter ‘Buster’ Stone
Second Lt. Walter ‘Buster’ Stone (Source: Andalusia)

Saturday, 2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone was honored. His remains were recently discovered after he went missing 75 years ago. Stone was a pilot of the P-47 Thunderbolt 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group. Somehow, he got separated in bad weather. It’s not clear if Stone was shot down or lost control, but his plane went down behind enemy lines in France Oct. 22, 1943.

Those remains were returned to Andalusia this weekend.

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