While work on the constitution
and bylaws was progressing, the U.S.
Air Force was established in September
1947. CAP would become its official
auxiliary with the passage of Public
Law 80-557 in May 1948.
During this same period and after
much rewriting and restructuring, the
constitution and bylaws were ready for
review by wing commanders in
the spring of 1948. They were ultimately approved on May 28, 1948.
By this time, Stone had been named
chairman of the board.
Unfortunately, Stone did not have
long to savor his role as father of
constitution and bylaws. He
was killed in an aircraft accident in
August 1948 just outside of Washing-
ton after leaving CAP headquarters
there to return to Ohio. He is buried
at Arlington National Cemetery, one
of the relatively few civilians given this
honor, in a joint grave with the
doomed pilot, as authorities
were unable to separate their remains.
is one of those hidden
people of said Col. Len Blascovich, former chief historian,
who provided much of the background
for this story.
But Bruce Stone, grandson, can fill in the blanks to give a
more thorough picture of this man
who was so instrumental in shaping
CAP for so many years.
The grandson never met the grandfather, who died before his birth, but
he got to know him through his greatgrandfather Julius F. papers and
letters, which are on file at Ohio State
University. documents have
allowed me to learn so much about my
he said. CAP was a frequent topic in the letters between
George and his father, both members
during World War II.
grandfather was so involved in
Stone said. (In fact, piloting
has been a common pursuit for the
Stones, including George, his daughter
Nancy, sons George Jr. and Franz and
grandson Bruce.) bought his first
airplane, a two-seater open-cockpit
Fleet, in 1934. A year later he traded