|Birth: ||May 2, 1919|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1991|
WW II Veteran, POW
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༻✿ Owen Delos Stockton, II was The son of Owen Delos,I, and Erla Stockton, born in Sterling Township, Brown County, Ohio on May 2, 1919.
Owen, or O. D. as everyone called him, was a veteran of WW II. He enlisted on April 23, 1941 in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky as a private in the Air Corps. He was actually a navigator, but one fateful day he was assigned to a different crew as a gun turner, specifically a belly gunner of a 50 caliber gun in the bottom of the tail section on a B-17, in the 100th Bomb Group, or the "Bloody 100." Since he originally belonged with another crew his name is not listed among those of the "Bloody 100". During this day his plane was shot down over Holland in the area between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He was the only man in the plane to survive. The only reason O. D. survived is because he was tucked in the tail of the plane which broke away in tact from the rest of the shattering plane and it landed in the water where tulips were grown. The Dutch people saw him and rushed to rescue him out of the water. Due to this wreck his lower jaw was completely destroyed. German soldiers soon arrived. For some reason when the solders arrived he had on a higher ranking officer's jacket though he was not a high ranking officer. Because of this jacket he had on the Germans mistook him for a higher ranking officer in the military so they took him to Germany and completely rebuilt his lower jaw. He was then placed in a prison camp where they kept officers and as soon as his jaw healed they began to question him trying to get information out of him he did not know as he actually was not a high rank officer. None of the other prisoners said anything to the German soldiers about him not being higher in rank which saved his life, though existence was torturous and grueling. He remained there until the end of the war, at which time he was liberated. He never spoke much about this period of time in his life, and I often wonder if it was one of the Dutch who put the officers jacket on my uncle knowing it would keep him alive at least to see another day.
It was a few years later when O. D. met the love of his life and soul, his dear Mildred Sterling Stockton. They married on January 17, 1947 and settled into family life in Amelia, Ohio. Together they had seven wonderful children:
1) Joy Kay Stockton, born November 15, 1947,Amelia, Clermont County, Ohio;
2) Mildred Corinne Stockton born October 14, 1949, Amelia, Clermont County, Ohio;
3) Barbara Jo Stockton, born July 25, 1951, Amelia, Clermont County, Ohio;
4) Owen "Sonny" Delos Stockton, Jr., born March 7, 1953, Mariemont, Hamilton County, Ohio;
5) Steven Michael Stockton, born August 15, 1956, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, died March 12, 1978, Amelia, Clermont County, Ohio, in an automobile accident due to stormy weather;
6) Richard Sterling Stockton, born April 12, 1958, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; and
7) Kimberley Ann Stockton, born January 13,1960, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.
Uncle O. D. was a devoted husband and loving father. There were always a lot of happy activities going on in the Stockton household, and often during his vacation the family would pack up and go camping across the U.S.
He worked for General Electric, Evendale, Ohio in Test Development as an Inspector until he retired. He would inspect the workmanship on the engines GE workers made for airplanes. He was a Master Mason of the Blue Lodge, Amelia 590, and received an honorary burial by the Masons.
Uncle O.D. died of a heart attack and is very loved and missed by the family, his friends, and the community.
May Uncle O.D. rest in grace and peace in the heavenly home God has prepared for him.
This memorial is created by permission and held for direct descendants, the children of Owen Delos "O. D." Stockton, II, and their direct descendants.
1) Robert L. Sterling
2) Meriel Steinberger Sterling
3) Donald Sterling
4) Mary L. Sterling
Copyright © 2012 by Mary L. Sterling All personal materials, images, and data contained herein are not to be copied or down loaded for commercial purposes of duplication, distribution, or publishing without the express written permission of the owner. Information contained on this memorial is provided free for the purpose of aiding individuals doing genealogical research and to preserve family history.
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Owen D Stockton (1879 - 1940)
Erla Corrine Beatty Stockton (1897 - 1963)
Mildred Sterling Stockton (1916 - 2012)
Steven Michael Stockton (1956 - 1978)*
Owen Delos Stockton (1919 - 1991)
Erla C. Stockton (1933 - 1934)*
Owen D. Stockton
T SGT US Army
World War II
May 2, 1919 - Apr. 26, 1991
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Record added: Nov 23, 2012
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