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NO HOME FOR HEROES
Chief Rick Stone
No Home For Heroes explores history's military mysteries regarding Americans who are missing in action from past wars.
4 days ago
Episode 63 - Finding a Rock In An Australian Cloud - Part One
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 0411 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. PILOTS ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE A GRIM SAYING ABOUT AIRCRAFT CRASHES USUALLY CAUSED BY PILOT ERROR IN FLYING TOO LOW TO THE GROUND…PILOTS REFER TO THESE TRAGEDIES AS “FINDING A ROCK IN A CLOUD.” HISTORY IS FULL OF FAMOUS DEATHS CAUSED BY PILOTS “FINDING A ROCK IN A CLOUD”…ACTRESS CAROLE LOMBARD (THE WIFE OF ACTOR CLARK GABLE), SINGER PATSY CLINE, AND EVEN MORE RECENTLY…KOBE BRYANT. TODAY’S STORY HAS A TWIST… AFTER OVER 60 YEARS, AN AMERICAN ARMY AIR CORPS OFFICER WAS FINALLY IDENTIFIED AS THE VICTIM OF FINDING THAT INFAMOUS “ROCK IN A CLOUD” DURING WORLD WAR II. BUT WAS IT REALLY THE PERSON IDENTIFIED OR SOME OTHER UNFORTUNATE PILOT WHO FOUND THE ROCK? STAY TUNED FOR PART ONE OF A TWO PART SERIES IN THIS AMAZING INVESTIGATION.
Apr 11, 2021
Episode 62 - The Case of the Missing Florist
BY ALL DESCRIPTIONS, ED AULT WAS PROBABLY THE MOST UNLIKELY OF ALL CANDIDATES TO BECOME A MISSING MARINE HERO DURING WORLD WAR TWO. HE WAS A 33 YEAR OLD MARRIED BUSINESSMAN WHOSE PROFESSION WAS AS A WHOLESALE FLORIST. ED WAS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICER WITH AN ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE IN HIS COMMUNITY WHEN HE CHOSE TO ENLIST…LITTLE DID HE KNOW THAT A JAPANESE BULLET AWAITED HIM THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY…AND LITTLE DID HIS FAMILY KNOW THAT HE WOULD REMAIN MISSING FOR ALMOST 80 YEARS. CAN A MAP WE FOUND SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF ED AULT’S DISAPPEARANCE IN 1943? STAY TUNED AS WE EXPLORE “THE CASE OF THE MISSING FLORIST.”
Apr 4, 2021
Episode 61 - The USS Indianapolis: Show Me A Hero and I'll Write You A Tragedy
IN 1945, THE FAMOUS WRITER F. SCOTT FITZGERALD WROTE: "SHOW ME A HERO AND I’LL WRITE YOU A TRAGEDY." WHICH MAKES US PONDER WHETHER OR NOT HIS FAMOUS QUOTE WAS INSPIRED BY A REAL NAVAL HERO IN 1945, CAPTAIN CHARLES BUTLER MCVAY III, WHOSE SHIP, THE _USS INDIANAPOLIS_, DELIVERED THE COMPONENTS OF THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WHICH EFFECTIVELY ENDED WORLD WAR II. THE TRAGEDY THAT ENSUED WHEN THE _INDIANAPOLIS _WAS SUNK, WITH THE LOSS OF 879 SAILORS AND MARINES AND THE SUBSEQUENT COURTS MARTIAL OF CAPTAIN McVAY, IS ONE OF HISTORY’S MILITARY MYSTERIES THAT PREVAILS TO THIS DAY. WE DEDICATE THIS EPISODE TO A BRYCE MATTESON OF HAVEN, KANSAS. BRYCE WAS A FORMER JOURNALIST WHO NEVER FORGOT THE IMPACT OF THE LINKAGE BETWEEN HEROES AND TRAGEDIES. A LIFE LONG BEST FRIEND, BRYCE PASSED AWAY JUST BEFORE EASTER 2021. HE WAS A HERO IN MANY, MANY WAYS AND HIS PASSING IS A TRAGEDY FOR MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM.
Mar 27, 2021
Episode 60 - Mom, I Won't Be Coming Home
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. A YOUNG MARINE, ON THE EVE OF GOING INTO BATTLE FOR THE FIRST TIME, WROTE HIS MOTHER TO SAY: "I AM THINKING OF WHAT I AM ABOUT TO DO FOR MY COUNTRY...NO MATTER WHAT THE COST IS, IT IS WELL WORTH IT." IT WASN’T THE FIRST TIME, THE YOUNG MARINE HAD TOLD HIS MOTHER THAT HE WOULDN’T BE COMING HOME. IN TODAY’S EPISODE, WE WILL LET YOU HEAR THE MOTHER’S ANGUISH IN HER OWN HANDWRITTEN LETTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT AFTER THE BATTLE WHEN THE SON FULFILLED HIS PREDICTION OF NOT COMING HOME.
Mar 20, 2021
Episode 59 - I'd Bet The House To Bring Bud Home
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 0271 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SO SURE OF SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID “I’D BET THE HOUSE…” ON WHATEVER YOU THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A SLAM DUNK? LIKE “I’D BET THE HOUSE THE RANGERS WILL WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR. WELL, MAYBE THAT WOULD NOT BE A SMART BET. NOT EVEN MY MOM, THE MOST DIEHARD RANGERS FAN IN THE WORLD, WOULD HAVE SAID THAT! BUT OCCASIONALLY, ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE , COMES A SURE THING, A SLAM DUNK, A CAN’T MISS, DEFINITE, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, IN THE BAG…WELL, YOU GET THE IDEA. IN TODAY'S EPISODE, WE’RE GONNA TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF THOSE KIND OF BETS THAT MY MOM WOULD HAVE MADE IN HER WORDS…”JUST AS SURE AS THE SUN WILL COME UP TOMORROW…” SOMETIMES, AS YOU WILL FIND OUT IN TODAY'S EPISODE, THE HOME TEAM DOES WIN! YA' JUST GOTTA BELIEVE!
Mar 13, 2021
Episode 58 - General Patton Watches Over Him, But No One Visits His Grave
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 0122 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. WE START TODAY’S PROGRAM WITH A TRIVIA QUESTION. WHERE IS FAMOUS WORLD WAR II GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON Jr. BURIED? IF YOU GUESSED ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY OR WEST POINT, YOU’D BE WRONG. IN FACT, IF YOU GUESSED ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES, YOU’D BE WRONG. HOW ABOUT NEAR A LONG FORGOTTEN BATTLEFIELD IN EUROPE? NOW YOU JUST MIGHT BE GETTING WARMER WITH YOUR GUESS. WE DEDICATE THIS EPISODE TO THE FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS AT WILLIAM F. HALLORAN SCHOOL NUMBER 22 IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY. AS YOU LISTEN TO THIS INCREDIBLE EPISODE OF NO HOME FOR HEROES, YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHY WE MAKE THIS DEDICATION AND THE SCHOOL’S LINK TO GENERAL PATTON AND MANY OF HIS COMMAND WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO INSURE OUR LIBERTY.
Mar 6, 2021
Episode 57 - Come Home To Me, Cliff
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 0487 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT’S A STORY THAT WAS PROBABLY REPEATED BY THE THOUSANDS DURING WORLD WAR II AND COULD EASILY BE TITLED, “COME HOME TO ME, JOHN”, “COME HOME TO ME, BOB”, OR JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER FIRST NAME OF A SCHOOL SWEETHEART GOING OFF TO WAR. IN FACT, OUT PRODUCTION ENGINEER CINDY SUGGESTED WE JUST NAME THE EPISODE “COME HOME TO ME.” BUT TODAY’S STORY HAS A CLOSER AND MORE SPECIAL MEANING, AS YOU WILL SOON HEAR.
Feb 27, 2021
Episode 56 - Dead or Alive? The Navy Said He Was Lost At Sea, Mom Said He Was Alive and Well
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT’S AN INCREDIBLE TALE OF A FAMILY BEING INFORMED BY THE NAVY THAT THEIR SON WAS MISSING IN ACTION ONLY TO RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM THE SAILOR _AFTER_ HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY LOST AT SEA. INVESTIGATING THIS STRANGE CASE AND GETTING THE CONFUSING FACTS STRAIGHT, AND THE OFFICIAL RECORDS CORRECTED, ONLY TOOK 73 YEARS. WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO HISTORIAN RICHARD HULVER AND AUTHOR SARAH VLADIC, WE DEDICATE THIS EPISODE TO OUR LOYAL LISTENERS IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. FOR IT IS THE FAMOUS WORLD WAR 2 CRUISER _USS INDIANAPOLIS _WHERE OUR AMAZING STORY BEGINS…
Feb 20, 2021
Episode 55 - From Pearl Harbor to Tarawa: Two Brothers, Two Marines, Two MIA's
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 484 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT’S THE STORY OF A YOUNG BOY EAGERLY AWAITING HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY SO HE COULD JOIN THE MARINES TO AVENGE THE LOSS OF HIS BIG BROTHER…ONLY TO BECOME A MIA HIMSELF.
Feb 13, 2021
Episode 54 - Finding One Lost Airman From The "Sweepy Time Gal"
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 157 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT’S THE STORY OF ONE SOLVED MYSTERY AND SIX MYSTERIES THAT REMAIN UNRESOLVED. * * SO, WE DEDICATE THIS EPISODE TO THE FAMILIES OF SIX CREW MEMBERS OF THE “SWEEPY TIME GAL”, A WORLD WAR 2 B-24 LIBERATOR BOMBER, WHO HAVE NOT YET MADE IT HOME FROM THEIR LAST MISSION.
Feb 6, 2021
Episode 53 - Two Heroes Buried Side By Side; But Only One Came Home
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM CASE NUMBER 471 IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT’S A REAL HEAD SCRATCHER THAT HAS DEFIED OUR BEST EFFORTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHY THE MYSTERY BEGAN SO LONG AGO. WHETHER YOU ARE A POLICE DETECTIVE OR A MILITARY INVESTIGATOR OR JUST AN AVID FAN OF THE PLETHORA OF “WHODUNIT” MYSTERIES ON TELEVISION, THERE ARE JUST SOME CASES THAT YOU JUST SHAKE YOUR HEAD AND SAY “HOW THE HECK DID THAT HAPPEN?” TODAY, WE HAVE A CASE THAT FITS INTO THAT “HEAD SHAKER” CATEGORY..
Jan 30, 2021
Episode 52 - The Proverbial "Innocent Bystander" Becomes a MIA
TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS TAKEN FROM AN ACTIVE CASE IN THE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION BUT ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN FULLY INVESTIGATED. WE HAVE NEVER DONE A PODCAST ON AN OPEN CASE BEFORE BUT WE NEED OUR LISTENER’S HELP TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF A NAVY SAILOR KILLED IN A BIZARRE SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, BURIED AT A KNOWN LOCATION, AND THEN LOST TO HISTORY. C’MON EVERYONE, PUT ON YOUR SHERLOCK HOLMES SLEUTHING HATS, GRAB YOUR MAGNIFYING GLASSES, AND JOIN THE RESEARCH TEAM HERE AT THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO HELP IDENTIFY A SMALL TOWN HERO FROM INDIANA..
Jan 23, 2021
Episode 51 - Connecting Two Mysteries: A Lost Company of Marines and A Lost Cemetery
WHAT DOES THE ENTIRE CASUALTY LIST OF A WORLD WAR II RIFLE COMPANY OF COMBAT MARINES, THE 1960’S SITCOM “GREEN ACRES”, AND A LOST CEMETERY ON AN OBSCURE PACIFIC ISLAND ALL HAVE IN COMMON? WE ARE GOING TO PUT ALL THESE DOTS TOGETHER FOR YOU IN TODAY'S EPISODE 51 OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES."
Jan 16, 2021
Episode 50 - All Things Come To Those Who Wait
The proverb “all things come to those who wait” means if people are persistent and patient, they will finally achieve their goal. In other words, it means a person must exercise patience when working on something close to his heart, even to reach the goal he/she desires. WHEN I WORKED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THERE WAS NOTHING CLOSER TO MY HEART THAN FINDING A WAY TO GIVE THEIR NAMES BACK TO THE PEARL HARBOR HEROES, WHO WERE BURIED AS SIMPLY “UNKNOWN” AND GETTING THEM HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. TODAY’S CASE IS A SUCCESS STORY FOR THAT MISSION AND WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE THE PROOF OF THE PROVERB WITH YOU ON “NO HOME FOR HEROES”…
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 49 - Whatsa Matter? Ya Wanna Live Forever?
WE CAN WARN YOU RIGHT UP FRONT THAT TODAY’S MYSTERY IS NOT YET SOLVED…BUT IT INVOLVES A YOUNG MARINE FROM A SMALL TOWN IN MISSISSIPPI WHO ACCEPTED HIS SERGEANT’S CHALLENGE TO CLIMB OVER A SEAWALL INTO WITHERING ENEMY FIRE, ONLY TO VANISH INTO HISTORY…DON’T GIVE UP JUST YET, WE ARE STILL ON THE CASE!
Jan 2, 2021
Episode 48 - Lost At Sea and Found in New York
HERE’S TODAY’S RIDDLE FOR YOU TO SOLVE…HOW CAN A BOMBER PILOT BE LISTED AS LOST AT SEA IN THE PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR 2 ONLY TO BE FOUND IN NEW YORK ALMOST 75 YEARS LATER? STAY TUNED WHILE WE SPIN A STORY THAT IS JUST TOO STRANGE TO BE TRUE…BUT IT IS…
Dec 1, 2019
Episode 47 - MIA Ghosts Trapped on the Bottom of Pearl Harbor
EPISODE 47 MARKS THE END OF THE YEARLY PODCAST BROADCAST SEASON BY THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT ALSO HERALDS THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR ON DECEMBER 7, 1941. IN A SPECIAL PODCAST EPISODE COMMEMORATING THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR TWO FOR THE UNITED STATES, WE WILL TELL THE STORY OF THREE VERY YOUNG SAILORS WHO WERE TRAPPED INSIDE THEIR SUNKEN BATTLESHIP FOR SIXTEEN DAYS ON THE BOTTOM OF PEARL HARBOR. IT IS A HORRIFIC STORY. IT IS A NIGHTMARISH STORY.… BUT IT IS A HEROIC STORY.
Nov 24, 2019
Episode 46 - Unknown X-168: The Midget Case
THERE WAS A PERSON WHO ONCE WORKED AT THE JOINT POW MIA ACCOUNTING COMMAND KNOWN AS "COMMANDER ZERO." THE "ZERO" PART OF HIS NICKNAME WAS BECAUSE HE WAS BASICALLY WORTHLESS. ONE OF HIS SAYINGS WAS “I THOUGHT I MADE A MISTAKE ONCE, BUT THEN I FOUND OUT I WAS WRONG”. TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS DEDICATED TO COMMANDER ZERO BECAUSE, AS YOU WILL HEAR, WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT A “SLAM DUNK” CASE WERE ALL THE CLUES POINTED TO JUST TWO MOST LIKELY MATCHES AND ONE FINAL “ABSOLUTE, HAS TO BE HIM” , "AH HA" MOMENT, LIGHT BULB GOING OFF OVER THE HEAD CLUE THAT TURNED OUT TO BE…WELL, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SAY THIS…WRONG.
Nov 16, 2019
Episode 45 - Solving Two Mysteries By Finding One MIA
STAY TUNED FOR EPISODE 45 OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES" WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT A MISSING MARINE WHOSE CASE WAS SOLVED USING THE TINIEST OF CLUES ONLY GRUDGINGLY OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT BY USE OF A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AND ONE WHERE THE SOLUTION PROVED TO UNRAVEL NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO OF HISTORY’S MILITARY MYSTERIES. THE CASE IS PERHAPS THE MOST STUNNING VALIDATION TO DATE OF THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK DONE BY THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INTO FINDING MISSING AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND MISSING AMERICAN SERVICE WOMEN.
Nov 9, 2019
Episode 44 - A MIA From the War to End All Wars
WORLD WAR ONE ENDED IN AN ARMISTICE ON THE ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH OF 1918. EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER, THE WAR'S END INSPIRED THE CREATION OF VETERAN'S DAY ON NOVEMBER 11, 1919. TODAY'S EPISODE IF OUR SPECIAL 2019 TRIBUTE TO VETERAN'S DAY. STAY TUNED TO EPISODE 44 OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES" WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT A YOUNG MAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AGO BUT WHO IS STILL REMEMBERED IN HIS SMALL HOMETOWN OF DERIDDER, LOUISIANA, POPULATION 10,578.
Nov 2, 2019
Episode 43 - The Case of the Vanishing Corpsman
EPISODE 43 OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES" IS A SPECIAL STORY ABOUT ONE OF THE 27 NAVY CORPSMEN WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION DURING THE BATTLE OF TARAWA IN 1943. STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT A LITTLE KNOWN GROUP OF MEN WHO WERE NOT WARRIORS BUT WHO WENT IN HARMS WAY TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THEIR MARINE BUDDIES…AND ONE CORPSMAN IN PARTICULAR WHO DIDN’T COME HOME TO TEXAS AFTER THE WAR. A VERY SPECIAL HERO INDEED!
Oct 26, 2019
Episode 42 - A Case With More Questions Than Answers
THIS EPISODE GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO DIVE RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF AN ACTIVE MIA CASE INVESTIGATION THAT IS FAR, FAR FROM COMPLETE…POLISH YOUR MAGNIFYING GLASS, PUT ON YOUR SHERLOCK HOLMES HAT AND FILL YOUR PIPE AS YOU PONDER QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS. WHO KNOWS? YOUR INSIGHT MAY HELP SOLVE A 76 YEAR OLD MYSTERY AND BRING ONE OR MORE MISSING AMERICAN HEROES HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES.
Oct 19, 2019
Episode 41 - Lost and Found Four Times, A Marine is Still Missing
STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU AN INCREDIBLE TALE ABOUT A MISSING MARINE WHO, DESPITE BEING FOUND FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES, TODAY STILL REMAINS ON THE LIST OF THOSE AMERICAN HEROES MISSING IN ACTION FROM WORLD WAR TWO.
Oct 13, 2019
Episode 40 - Finding "Old Shaky" Buried in a Glacier with 52 MIA's Aboard: Part 2
STAY TUNED FOR EPISODE 40 OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES" WHILE WE TELL YOU WHAT ATOMIC BOMBS, MISSING JEWELS, A HOLLYWOOD STAR, AND A GHOST’S IDENTIFICATION CARD HAVE TO DO WITH AN AIRPLANE BURIED IN A GLACIER FOR OVER 60 YEARS WITH 52 MISSING SERVICEMEN ON BOARD. IT IS GUARANTEED TO BE A REAL "TWILIGHT ZONE" JOURNEY INTO “FINDING OLD SHAKY”.
Oct 5, 2019
Episode 39 - Finding "Old Shaky" Buried In A Glacier With 52 MIA's Aboard: Part 1
PART ONE OF EPISODE 39 OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS PERHAPS OUR ALL-TIME WINNER IN THE “TWLIGHT ZONE” CATEGORY. RARELY DO WE INVESTIGATE ONE OF HISTORY’S MILITARY MYSTERIES THAT CONTAINS SO MANY BIZARRE COINCIDENCES AND ODD HEAD SCRATCHERS THAT WE HAVE TO NUMBER THEM JUST TO KEEP ALL THE STRANGE FACTS STRAIGHT. WHAT DO ATOMIC BOMBS, MISSING JEWELS, A HOLLYWOOD STAR, A FAMOUS POLITICIAN'S RELATIVE, AND A GHOST’S ID CARD HAVE IN COMMON? STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE CASES WE HAVE EVER INVESTIGATED. AN AIRPLANE BURIED IN A GLACIER FOR OVER 60 YEARS WITH 52 MISSING SERVICEMEN ON BOARD AND ENOUGH MYSTERIES TO FILL A NOVEL.
Sep 28, 2019
Episode 38 - At Age 89, Feeney Was the Love of My Life
SOMETIMES THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION RECEIVES THE STRANGEST AND SIMPLIEST REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FAMILIES OF MIA’S, BUT EPISODE 38 IS REALLY IN A CATEGORY OF ITS OWN. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED WHEN YOU ARE GONE? A NICE GUY PERHAPS? MAYBE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER? AN AMERICAN HERO?…NOT A BAD EPITAPH. WELL, HOW ABOUT A GIRLFRIEND FROM 70 YEARS AGO WHO REMEMBERS YOU AS “THE LOVE OF MY LIFE?" STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT THE LEGACY LEFT BEHIND BY ONE OF OUR AMERICAN MIA HEROES THAT WAS REMEMBERED BY OVER SEVENTY YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH.
Sep 21, 2019
Episode 37 - Can A Cap Solve A Pearl Harbor Mystery?
SOMETIMES THE MOST MUNDANE ITEMS LEFT BEHIND AT THE SCENE CAN SOLVE A MYSTERY. A PARKING TICKET SOLVED THE SON OF SAM MURDERS. A DISCARDED CIGARETTE BUTT HAS BEEN THE KEY CLUE TO MANY DNA IDENTIFICATIONS OF CRIMINAL SUSPECTS. AND IN TODAY'S EPISODE WE ARE GOING TO TAKE AN OFFICER’S UNIFORM CAP AND ADD IT TO MODERN FORENSIC INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES TO SOLVE A MILITARY MYSTERY THAT HAS BAFFLED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR ALMOST 78 YEARS. SO SIT BACK, RELAX, PUT YOUR FEET UP AND, YES, EVEN TILT YOUR CAP BACK ON YOUR HEAD AS WE TAKE A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR THROUGH TIME ON “NO HOME FOR HEROES”. IT IS OUR MISSION TODAY TO HOPEFULLY BRING CLOSURE TO AN ENDURING MYSTERY FROM THE DARK DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR IN 1941.**
Sep 14, 2019
Episode 36 - Love and Loss in the South Pacific
IN EPISODE 36 WE WILL LEARN ABOUT A YOUNG ALABAMA BOY WHO LEFT THE FARM DURING WORLD WAR 2 TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS, PRIVATE WILLIAM FRANKLIN COWART HAD PROBABLY NEVER BEEN FARTHER FROM HOME THAN MISSISSIPPI. BUT, IN A FAR AWAY LAND, HE BECAME A MAN, A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A HERO…AND A MIA. *STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS THAT CONTINUES TO THIS VERY DAY ON “NO HOME FOR HEROES.”*
Sep 7, 2019
Episode 35 - The Last Flight of the "Silver Dollar": Part 2
TODAY’S EPISODE ON “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS THE SECOND OF TWO EPISODES ABOUT A WORLD WAR 2 BOMBER GIVEN THE NAME “SILVER DOLLAR”, ITS FATEFUL END, AND THE FINDING ALL OF THE MISSING CREW MEMBERS WHO RODE IT INTO BATTLE OVER THE SKIES OF GERMANY. STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU HOW WE LEARNED AN INCREDIBLE TALE OF HEROISM THAT HAD NEVER BEEN TOLD, HOW WE INTERVIEWED A WITNESS TO THE CRASH OF THE "SILVER DOLLAR" AFTER OVER 67 YEARS, WHY NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD HIS STORY BEFORE… AND, IN THE END, DETAILS ABOUT ONE MYSTERY ABOUT THE "SILVER DOLLAR" THAT REMAINS TO THIS DAY. .
Aug 31, 2019
Episode 34 - The Last Flight of the "Silver Dollar": Part 1
EPISODE 34 OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” IS THE STORY OF A WORLD WAR 2 BOMBER GIVEN THE NAME “SILVER DOLLAR”, ITS FATEFUL END, AND FINDING ALL OF THE MISSING CREW MEMBERS WHO RODE IT INTO BATTLE OVER THE SKIES OF GERMANY…IN THE END, ONE MYSTERY STILL REMAINS. STAY TUNED WHILE WE TELL YOU HOW WE LEARNED AN INCREDIBLE TALE OF HEROISM THAT HAD NEVER BEEN TOLD AND HOW WE INTERVIEWED A WITNESS TO THE CRASH OF THE SILVER DOLLAR AFTER OVER 67 YEARS…AND WHY NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD HIS STORY. SPOILER ALERT…THE LAST FLIGHT OF THE SILVER DOLLAR IS OUR FIRST TWO PART EPISODE…THE INTRIGUING TALE IS JUST TOO BIG OF A STORY TO FIT INTO ONE PODCAST!
Aug 24, 2019
Episode 33 - is A Tarawa MIA Buried In Arlington's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
THIS IS TRULY A SPECIAL EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES” BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ON WHAT IS PROBABLY THE HOLY GRAIL OF ALL MIA CASE INVESTIGATIONS…JUST WHO IS BURIED IN THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER? EVEN ATTEMPTING TO FIND THE ANSWER IS CONTROVERSIAL, BUT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT COURTING CONTROVERSY. STAY TUNED AND WE WILL PUT ON OUR BEANIE WITH A PROPELLER ON TOP AND JOIN THE RANKS OF “PROPELLER HEADS” ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO PROPOSE WILD THEORIES ABOUT HISTORY’S MYSTERIES. THIS PROMISES TO BE A WILD AND CRAZY EPISODE. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN FOR US TO PRODUCE...AND HOPEFULLY, A LOT OF FUN HISTORICAL INFORMATION FOR YOU TO LEARN TODAY ON "NO HOME FOR HEROES."
Aug 17, 2019
Episode 32 - A Mother's Love
EPISODE 32 IS FROM CASE NUMBER 0378 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE CASE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. WE KNOW THAT TODAY IS NOT “MOTHER’S DAY” BUT ALMOST EVERYONE OF OUR MIA’S LEFT A MOTHER BEHIND WHEN THEY WENT OFF TO WAR…A MOTHER WHO WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SON FOR MONTHS WITHOUT KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE OR WHAT KIND OF DANGER THEY WERE IN…UNTIL THAT FATEFUL TELEGRAM ARRIVED AT THE FRONT DOOR TELLING THE MOM THE WORST POSSIBLE NEWS. STAY TUNED AND WE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT THE CASE OF JUST ONE MOTHER’S SON WHO BECAME MISSING IN ACTION AND THE MOTHER SIMPLY REFUSED TO BELIEVE HE WAS GONE…RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED.
Aug 10, 2019
Episode 31 - Finding Rabbit
TODAY’S EPISODE IS FROM CASE NUMBER 0216 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE CASE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. SOMETIMES SOLVING ONE OF HISTORY’S MILITARY MYSTERIES IS KINDA LIKE BAKING A CAKE…YOU ADD A LITTLE OF THIS, YOU FIND A LITTLE OF THAT IN THE PANTY, YOU SHAKE, YOU STIR, YOU BAKE AND…OUILLA, SOMETIMES IT ALL COMES TOGETHER IN ONE INCREDIBLE OUTCOME! STAY TUNED WHILE WE FILL YOU IN ON HOW WE PUT TOGETHER A LOT OF DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS TO BAKE THE MASTERPIECE KNOWN AS “FINDING RABBIT” ON “NO HOME FOR HEROES”!
Aug 4, 2019
Episode 30 - Every Burial As An "Unknown" Is Really a MIA
EPISODE 30 SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE A LONGER TITLE SUCH AS “EVERY BURIAL AS AN UNKNOWN IF REALLY A MIA…WAITING TO BE FOUND AND GIVEN HIS OR HER NAME BACK”. DID YOU KNOWN THERE ARE OVER 8,000 “UNKNOWNS” FROM WORLD WAR II BURIED IN AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERIES WORLDWIDE? TODAY’S STORY WILL FEATURE JUST ONE…OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS “SCHOFIELD MAUSOLEUM NUMBER ONE, UNKNOWN X-98. STAY TUNED AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF HOW A MISSING AMERICAN HERO CAN BECOME JUST A NUMBER. AND, IN A REAL SURPRISING SOLUTION TO THIS MYSTERY, WE'LL GIVE YOU THE EXACT NAME OF THE MISSING AMERICAN MARINE THAT SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED AS “UNKNOWN X-98.”
Jul 27, 2019
Episode 29 - A Cook Who Refused To Be Left Behind
THE MARINE IN TODAY’S EPISODE WAS A MOST UNLIKELY CANDIDATE TO BE A HERO. HE WAS ASSIGNED AS A MACHINE GUNNER BUT HE WANTED TO BE A COOK…AND, WE SHOULD TELL YOU RIGHT UP FRONT THAT OUR HERO IN TODAY’S STORY DIED IN THE ARMS OF HIS SERGEANT BUT HE REMAINS MISSING IN ACTION AFTER OVER 75 YEARS. STAY TUNED TO "NO HOME FOR HEROES" AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS INCREDIBLE TALE OF HEROISM AND COMRADERIE OF A MAN WHO REFUSED TO ALLOW HIS BUDDIES TO GO TO WAR WITHOUT HIM.
Jul 20, 2019
Episode 28 - A Priest Goes To War
IN 1942 A CANDIDATE FOR THE PRIESTHOOD WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE LEFT THE SEMINARY AND JOINED THE MARINE CORPS AS A PRIVATE. LANDING ON A FIRE SWEPT PACIFIC ISLAND A YEAR LATER HE LOST HIS LIFE AND THEN HIS COUNTRY LOST HIM. OUR HERO IN TODAY’S STORY REMAINS A MIA AFTER OVER 75 YEARS! STAY TUNED AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS SPECIAL STORY…WITH AN EVEN MORE UNBELIEVABLE TWIST AT THE END!
Jul 13, 2019
Episode 27 - Lost In Battle...Found At Home
EPISODE 27 IS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL AND SAD CASES IN OUR FILES. SOMETIMES THE FAMILY LORE PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION ABOUT AN AMERICAN HERO TURNS OUT TO BE JUST PLAIN WRONG. AND TRAGICALLY IN TODAY'S STORY, A SOLDIER'S FINAL RESTING PLACE IS LOST TO THE FAMILY EVEN WHEN THE HERO LIES JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HOME TO WHICH HE NEVER RETURNED. STAY TUNED AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE DETAILS OF A MYSTERIOUS STORY OF LOSS AND REMEMBERANCE.
Jul 6, 2019
Episode 26 - A MIA Born on the Fourth of July
EPISODE 26 IS FROM CASE NUMBER 0249 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE CASE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. THE MIA FEATURED IN OUR STORY TODAY IS ONE OF THE “LOST PHANTOMS OF TARAWA” THAT WERE FEATURED IN EPISODE 15…BUT TODAY, WE GET A CHANCE TO FOCUS IN ON A SPECIAL ONE OF OUR “PHANTOMS” IN OUR SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY EPISODE…BECAUSE.. PRIVATE PAUL FRANKLIN HUFFMAN IS THE ONLY ONE OF 1,090 TARAWA CASUALTIES WHO WAS ACTUALLY BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY…AND HE REMAINS…MISSING IN ACTION AFTER OVER 75 YEARS STAY TUNED WHILE WE OFFER OUR ANALYSIS OF WHERE PRIVATE HUFFMAN CAN FINALLY BE FOUND, RECOVERED, AND IDENTIFIED...ALL ON TODAY’S EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES”!
Jun 29, 2019
Episode 25 - The Crash of the "Big Operator"
EPISODE 25 IS FROM CASE NUMBER 0424 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE CASE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. THE MIA FEATURED IN OUR STORY TODAY WAS DROPPED FROM THE OFFICIAL LIST OF CASUALTIES FROM THE BATTLE OF TARAWA FROM 1945 TO 2018…HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? AND…HIS ACTUAL CRASH SITE REMAINS A MYSTERY EVEN THOUGH IT WAS WITNESSED, MAPPED, AND EVEN GIVEN LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE COORDINATES…HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? STAY TUNED WHILE WE EXPLORE A SPECIAL “DOUBLE MYSTERY” ON TODAY’S “NO HOME FOR HEROES”!
Jun 22, 2019
Episode 24 - Whatever Happened to John?
TODAY’S STORY IS OUR FIRST EPISODE FEATURING A MIA WHO LOST HIS LIFE DURING THE KOREAN WAR’S FAMOUS BATTLE OF THE CHOSIN RESERVOIR. ALSO KNOWN AS THE “FROZEN CHOSIN." OUR HERO IN TODAY’S EPISODE LOST HIS LIFE PROTECTING AN AIRFIELD SO THAT HIS WOUNDED BUDDIES COULD BE EVACUATED. THERE ARE ALMOST 8,000 AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO REMAIN MIA’S FROM A WAR THAT MOST AMERICANS ARE ONLY VAGUELY AWARE OF AND IS KNOWN AS "THE FORGOTTEN WAR." STAY TUNED FOR NOT ONLY A HISTORY LESSON BUT ALSO THE STORY OF SACRIFICE AND VALOR BY A VETERAN MARINE IN THIS EPISODE OF “NO HOME FOR HEROES”
Jun 15, 2019
Episode 23 - "Dear Son, We Will Never Meet..."
EPISODE 23 IS FROM CASE NUMBER 0381 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. WE ARE GOING TO RESPECTFULLY ASSUME SOME LITERARY LICENSE FROM A HERO MARINE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE SON HE NEVER MET. HOPEFULLY, OUR OWN WORDS WILL CAPTURE THE KIND OF FACTS AND DETAILS THAT A FATHER WOULD WANT HIS SON TO KNOW IF HE WERE NOT AROUND TO TELL HIS OWN STORY. YOU SURE DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO CRAFT A NARRATIVE THAT TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF HISTORY’S MILITARY MYSTERIES IN WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOST HEROES OWN WORDS. STAY TUNED FOR A VERY INTRIGUING PERSPECTIVE ON TODAY’S “NO HOME FOR HEROES”
Jun 8, 2019
Episode 22 - Did Missing A Train Cost A Marine His Life?
EPISODE 22 IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE START THE PROGRAM BY POSING A QUESTION RATHER THAN PROMISING TO PROVIDE AN ANSWER TO THE LOCATION OF A MISSING AMERICAN SERVICEMAN. FROM CASE NUMBER 0421 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, LEARN HOW A MARINE WAS LATE REPORTING FOR DUTY AFTER A SHORT FURLOUGH WAS GRANTED HIM WHEN HE COMPLETED TRAINING TO BE A “BARAGE BALLOON CREWMAN”. WE THINK HIS TARDINESS PROMPTED HIS TRANSFER TO A COMBAT UNIT WHERE HE BECAME AN MIA IN HIS VERY FIRST ACTION . IS IT POSSIBLE THAT SOMETHING SO SIMPLE AS MISSING A TRAIN RIDE COST THIS YOUNG MARINE HIS LIFE? STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT THE ANSWER ON THIS EPISODE OF "NO HOME FOR HEROES".
Jun 1, 2019
Episode 21 - Finding A Lost Tuskegee Airman
EPISODE 21 IS CAPTURED FROM CASE NUMBER 0322 IN THE INVESTIGATIVE FILES OF THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. LEARN HOW A MEMBER OF THE FAMED GROUP OF BLACK FIGHTER PILOTS KNOWN AS THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WENT MISSING ON AN ESCORT MISSION TO GERMANY IN 1944 AND WAS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN. WE THINK HIS CRASH SITE MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND BUT, AND THERE IS ALWAYS A BUT IN HISTORIES’ MILITARY MYSTERIES, THE REMAINS OF THE PILOT COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED AFTER THE WAR. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT MODERN DNA SCIENCE CAN PROVIDE THE KEY TO SOLVING THIS 75 YEAR OLD MYSTERY? MAYBE…BUT THERE ARE PROBLEMS EVEN MODERN SCIENCE WILL NEED TO OVERCOME. STAY TUNED AND WE WILL TELL YOU THE FULL STORY ON TODAY’S “NO HOME FOR HEROES”
May 25, 2019
Episode 20 - Seven Heroes Buried Side By Side...But Never Found
TODAY'S EPISODE WILL REVEAL THE LINK TO SEVEN MARINES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TOGETHER IN THE WANING HOURS OF THE BATTLE OF TARAWA AND WERE BURIED SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEIR GRAVES CAREFULLY MARKED ON A MILITARY MAP AND THE GRID COORDINATES WERE LISTED IN EACH MARINE’S RECORDS. BUT, THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY ASSIGNED TO FIND MIA’S CAN’T SEEM TO READ THE MAP. HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN? I’M NOT SURE WE’LL HAVE THE ANSWER TO BEING “ACUTELY DYSFUNCTIONAL” BUT STAY TUNED AND WE WILL TELL YOU THE FULL STORY ON TODAY’S “NO HOME FOR HEROES.”
May 18, 2019
Episode 19 - The Eternal Patrol of the USS Triton
Episode 19 of NO HOME FOR HEROES describes the case of a World War II American submarine that was listed as "Lost With All Hands" on her sixth war patrol in 1943. The details of the loss was officially listed as being under unknown circumstances. But today's episode will solve that mystery for you. And, there is even more mystery in the loss of the USS Triton. Her ship's bell is today on display at the Navy's Great Lakes Naval Training Center, even though the ship has never been found. How did this happen? Stay tuned to learn the story of the USS Triton and the amazing discovery of her ship's bell decades after the loss of the ship.
May 11, 2019
Episode 18 - The Fighting Fool From Bowie, Texas
EPISODE 18 IS ABOUT AN ACTIVE CASE INVESTIGATION BY THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION WHERE OUR RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR HELP TO LOCATE AN MIA'S FAMILY TO TELL THEM THE RESULTS OF OUR INVESTIGATION…AND OUR BELIEF OF WHERE THEIR MISSING MARINE LIES UNDISCOVERED TO THIS VERY DAY! THE HERO WITHOUT A HOME WE WILL HIGHLIGHT TODAY IS A “NOT TOO PERFECT” MARINE WHO CHAFED UNDER MILITARY RULES AND REGULATIONS BUT TOLD HIS BUDDY THAT HE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE A “FIGHTING FOOL” IF JUST GIVEN THE CHANCE. DURING A FINAL JAPANESE BANZAI CHARGE ON TARAWA, THE SELF PROCLAIMED “FIGHTING FOOL FROM BOWIE TEXAS, GOT HIS CHANCE…
May 4, 2019
Episode 17 - Finding Private Fox...Where Have You Been?
EPISODE 17 PROVIDES DETAILS OF THE FIRST “UNKNOWN” FROM THE BATTLE OF TARAWA THAT WAS RECOVERED AND IDENTIFIED FROM AN AMERICAN CEMETERY. THE FACTS OF THIS RECOVERY ARE STILL SHROUDED IN MYSTERY OVER 75 YEARS AFTER THE HERO WENT MISSING AND OVER TWO YEARS AFTER HE WAS OFFICIALLY IDENTIFIED! PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JACK JUNIOR FOX CONTINUES TO AWAIT RETURN HOME TO HIS FAMILY FOR BURIAL _OVER TWO YEARS_ AFTER HIS IDENTIFICATION WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. HIS REMAINS SIT IN A CARDBOARD BOX IN HONOLULU, HAWAII AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT HAS CUSTODY OF HIS BODY REFUSES TO SAY EXACTLY WHERE HE WAS FOUND! BUT THE CHIEF RICK STONE AND FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION BELIEVES WE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING PRIVATE FOX AND WE WILL PROVIDE THE ANSWERS TO YOU IN THIS EPISODE!
Apr 27, 2019
Episode 16 - A U-Boat Attack AFTER the War Was Over
EPISODE 16 EXPLORES HOW A WORLD WAR II GERMAN SUBMARINE EITHER DIDN’T GET THE MESSAGE THAT THE WAR WAS OVER or DECIDED TO IGNORE THE ORDER AND ATTACK AN AMERICAN MERCHANT SHIP OFF THE COAST OF RHODE ISLAND IN MAY 1945. IN THE WORDS OF A JAPANESE ADMIRAL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR “I FEAR WE HAVE AWAKENED A SLEEPING GIANT AND FILLED HIM WITH A TERRIBLE RESOLVE”, THIS ATTACK CAUSED AN INCENSED AMERICAN NAVY TO PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS TO EXACT REVENGE ON THE GERMAN U-BOAT THAT CAUSED AMERICA TO SUFFER SOME OF ITS LAST MIA’S OF WORLD WAR 2!
Apr 20, 2019
Episode 15 - The Lost Phantoms of Tarawa
Episode 15 on NO HOME FOR HEROES is not science fiction…it’s absolutely true, but it’s truly "Twilight Zone" spooky! Fair warning that this episode is a little longer than our usual episodes as we explore the cases of 25 different CASUALTIES FROM THE BATTLE OF TARAWA. MIA's who WERE LISTED AS WOUNDED IN ACTION AND TRANSPORTED OFF THE INVASION BEACHES FOR TREATMENT ON A NEARBY SHIP…ONLY TO VANISH into the mists of history AND be LISTED AS “MISSING IN ACTION” for over 75 years. THERE IS EVEN MORE TO THE MYSTERY…SOME OF THESE MIA PHANTOMS WERE ACTUALLY LISTED ON MILITARY HOSPITAL RECORDS LONG AFTER THE BATTLE BUT THEY NEVER MADE IT HOME AND ARE STILL LISTED AS MISSING IN ACTION…INCREDIBLE, BUT TRUE!
Apr 13, 2019
Episode 14 - The Case of the Blonde Bomber
Episode 14 is a very unusual case In this case all of us will learn a very valuable lesson about the importance of family history and making sure that our legacies, whatever they may be, a passed down to future generations. We LEARN HOW A B-24 BOMBER BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY IN 1944 REALLY WASN’T…AND HOW 8 MISSING CREWMEN OF THE BOMBER REALLY WEREN’T MISSING AT ALL. In the end, we are able to help A FAMILY FIND OUT THE REAL FACTS THAT THEIR OWN FAMILY HISTORY HAD WRONG FOR ALMOST 75 YEARS… WHAT A STORY!
Apr 6, 2019
Episode 13 - A Tarawa "Whodunit"
Episode 13 will walk you through a very difficult case, the type of which is known in law enforcement as a “whodunit”. You will get an actual feel for how MIA cases are investigated and how most of them are not simple “slam dunks” even in the age of sophisticated technologies, computers, and DNA comparisons. Like most "whodunit" investigations, Episode 13 will take us down dead end paths, false leads, mistakes by the investigator, and host of other frustrations that left us scratching our heads until a minor adjustment in the investigative process produced a positive result…and yes, just as a spoiler, Episode 13 WILL have a happy ending.
Mar 30, 2019
Episode 12 - The Case of the Sicilian Fingerprint
In Episode 12 the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation examines the case of perhaps THE VERY FIRST AMERICAN CASUALTY OF THE INVASION OF SICILY IN World War II. Seaman First Class Paul Bernard Wilson WAS BURIED IN THE SAND ON THE BEACH WHERE HE DIED, ONLY TO BE LOST TO HISTORY SINCE THE DAY OF HIS DEATH on 10 July 1943. Could TWO LONG FORGOTTEN FINGERPRINTS HOLD THE CLUE TO SOLVING THE CASE…A CASE FILE THAT HAD FBI DIRECTOR J. EDGAR HOOVER’S ORIGINAL SIGNATURE…COULD DIRECTOR HOOVER’S FBI LABORATORY ASSIST US AGAIN 70 YEARS LATER TO BRING HOME THE MISSING SAILOR FROM SICILY? Listen to this episode of NO HOME FOR HEROES to find out.
Mar 23, 2019
Episode 11 - Cindy Finds a Map With "X Marks the Spot"
Episode 11 has all the components of a New York Times best seller. The friendship of two Marines who had the irony of being the last combat casualties AFTER the official end of a major battle. A lost cemetery for almost three quarters of a century that was full of missing American servicemen...An idiotic government policy that prevented their discovery...A map with the famous “X marks the spot” just like the old pirate stories of buried treasure...And a Marine’s help from beyond the grave to find his long lost buddy. All of that, and more, is included in today's episode, file number 0284, from the investigative case files of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.
Mar 16, 2019
Episode 10 - A "Wee Vee" Sailor Reports Home
Episode 10 begins with the seldom heard speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recorded live in its entirety when he addressed Congress the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. While you may have listened to the oft quoted 30 second snippet of President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech, the entire address tells a much more complete story. One of the casualties of that attack was a sailor on the USS West Virginia, a battleship affectionately nicknamed by its crew as the "Wee Vee.". This sailor from New Jersey was listed a "Missing in Action" until he was determined to be a possible match to Unknown X-136 buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hear how his case was solved by a determined investigation after it had been closed for over 63 years...and how, Fireman First Class Angelo Michael Gabriele was identified as Unknown X-136 and finally returned home to his family in New Jersey in 2019.
Mar 9, 2019
Episode 9 - Goldy Goes Home
Episode 9 is a very, very special edition of NO HOME FOR HEROES. It is our honor and our privilege to introduce you to a 97 year old Marine who describes in his own words how he helped bury a fellow Marine in the sand after the Battle of Tarawa. The buried Marine was lost for almost 75 years until our good friend, Sergeant Edward Gazel, provided the essential clue for investigators of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation to identify the burial location of CPL Claire Eulin Goldtrap of Hobart, Oklahoma, Missing In Action.since 20 November 1943. While the title of Episode 9 is "Goldy Goes Home", the title could easily be "We All Pray To the Same God, Son". Listen to the podcast to find out exactly why this title would be equally appropriate. Thanks to Sergeant Gazell, GOLDY GOES HOME...finally!
Mar 2, 2019
Episode 8 - A Marine Lost Before His Daughter is Born
Episode 8 is part love story and part war story. We explore File Number 0191 from the investigative case files of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation regarding a 25 year old lumber mill worker from Oregon who became a combat veteran in the steamy jungles of Guadalcanal in World War II. After being shipped with his unit to New Zealand for a period of rest, refit, and retraining, our young Private First Class found love in this far off land. Not wanting to wait for the war to end, he married his 18 year old New Zealand sweetheart only a few weeks before shipping out again. PFC Victor Harold Feldner met his doom on the tiny island of Tarawa in the South Pacific. Hear how a daughter has waited her whole life for her father's return and the Foundation's investigative conclusions about his loss and recovery location.
Feb 23, 2019
Episode 7 - Shaking the Tree Searching for Seaman Elm
So what do John Dillinger, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping have to do with a missing American sailor who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? Episode 7 features a special guest: United States Navy Captain Chris Stone, currently the commanding officer of the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy, to help explain a case that baffled the government's MIA investigators for over seventy years. It was an example of not being able to see the forest because everyone was focused on the tree until a simple law enforcement investigative technique was applied that solved one of history's military mysteries.
Feb 22, 2019
Episode 6 - A Marine at 16 and a MIA at 17
Episode 6 explores File Number 0414 from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation's investigative case files of missing American service members. It is the case of Private Edwin William Jordan from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who convinced his father to go along with the desire of a fifteen year old boy to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and the tireless efforts of an aunt to seek his release from combat duty in the South Pacific. Private Jordan stormed the beach at Tarawa in November 1943 and vanished into history until his accidental discovery in the most unlikely of circumstances over seventy years after his loss...It's an amazing story with a surprising twist in another of history's military mysteries!
Feb 9, 2019
Episode 5 - The Case of Edward's Dog Tags
Episode 5 discusses of the case of Private First Class Alfred Edwards from Oklahoma. PFC Edwards was one of over 500 MIA's from the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His family requested an investigation by the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation regarding his fate and, thanks to a federal lawsuit filed by the Foundation under the Freedom of Information, documents were found that provided the last remaining piece of the puzzle to solve the mystery. And, in an incredible surprise bonus, Foundation investigators can now pinpoint the exact location of PFC Edwards' remains...but you'll never be able to guess where!
Feb 7, 2019
Episode 4 - A Shot In The Dark
This episode explores the case of Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare who was lost during a night fighter mission on 26 November 1943. LCDR O'Hare was a Medal of Honor recipient credited with destroying five Japanese aircraft in a single battle a year before he was lost. When O'Hare's Hellcat fighter was last seen he was over the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles from Tarawa; however, he is officially considered an "Unresolved" casualty from the Battle of Tarawa in the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's database. Debate rages to this day whether LCDR O'Hare was shot down by a Japanese aircraft or he was a victim of "friendly fire". In any case, this hero is one of almost 73,000 MIA's from World War II.
Feb 6, 2019
Episode 2 - The Myth of No Man Left Behind
Episode 2 described the Battle of Tarawa fought between Japan and the United States during World War II. Over 1,000 U.S. servicemen were killed during the battle but the bodies of only 532 were recovered from 41 different cemeteries on Tarawa after the war, including 282 who were initially unidentified and classified as "Unknown". The episode discusses the continuing efforts to locate, recover, and identify over 500 missing American servicemen from this battle including the efforts of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation to help identify over 100 "Unknowns" from the Battle of Tarawa who are buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (also known as the "Punchbowl") in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Feb 6, 2019
Episode 3 - The MIA's Who Never Were
Episode 3 describes the investigations into eight Marines who were officially listed as "Missing In Action" by the Department of Defense from the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. The cases were resolved by Chief Rick Stone in 2011 by determining that the MIA Marines were never missing in the first place. One case involved a Marine who survived the battle and sought assistance by the Veteran's Administration in 1977 only to be told that he could not be helped because he had been killed in action in 1943! Unbelievable, but true!
Feb 4, 2019
Episode 1 - How It All Began
Episode 1 describes Chief Rick Stone's appointment to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) as a member of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Intelligence Directorate. JPAC's mission was to locate, recover, and identify missing American service men and women from our past wars. Other items of discussion in this podcast: 1) Use of the Random Incident Statistical Correlation System (RISC) to compare those buried as "Unknowns" with MIA's 2) Primary investigative responsibility for the Battle of Tarawa, Pearl Harbor, and other losses 3) Government investigations into JPAC managerial and leadership dysfunction 4) Whistleblower activities 5) Concept of Ethics 6) Continuing MIA investigations by the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation