US Department of Defense

United States Department of Defense 

Department of the Navy

Rick Stone received a Master of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and accepted an appointment to serve in the Department of the Navy Intelligence Directorate (J2) of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), the government agency charged with the investigation, recovery, and identification of missing American servicemen and women from past conflicts.

“I cannot think of a more honorable endeavor than to lend whatever assistance I can to the noble mission. The men and women who answered the call to defend our country during its hour of need in World War II certainly deserve not only our admiration and respect but also our continued efforts to pay the debt we owe them for making the ultimate sacrifice”, said Chief Stone at the time of his appointment.

The Intelligence Directorate’s day-to-day operations involved conducting historical research, investigating leads, and locating Americans who were killed in action but were never brought home.  Over 73,000 remain unaccounted for from World War II and very little progress has been made in finding and identifying these missing heroes. In the Intelligence Directorate, Chief Stone joined a group of highly skilled analysts, researchers, and investigators who shared a common dedication to resolve World War II era cases but were frustrated by the agency command’s lack of leadership, dysfunctional management, and the JPAC Laboratory’s refusal to accept case investigations.

After personally researching, investigating, and submitting over 175 major case investigations; Chief Stone’s service to JPAC was completed in July 2012 .

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