|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 25, 2007|
Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - September 6, 2007
City native on Nagasaki bomb flight dies Robert Stock, 83, was IU booster, roof salesman
Robert J. Stock, a Fort Wayne native who flew as part of the Army Air Corps crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, died Aug. 25. He was 83.
Stock was a gunnery sergeant in the B-29 bomber called "Bockscar" that dropped the "Fat Man" bomb on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, and prompted the Japanese surrender that ended the war. Stock was born in Fort Wayne on Nov. 6, 1923.
"He often would fondly recall the story of how his mother carried him home from Lutheran Hospital to their home on Downing Avenue," said his son Wade Stock.
Robert Stock graduated from South Side High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps that fall, where he became a skilled tail gunner. From that position, Stock was able to take pictures with his personal camera of the mushroom cloud the bomb left in its wake. His son still has the photos.
"He showed me a photograph he took on that mission showing the mushroom cloud way back in 1946," said Lindy Moss, a close friend of Stock. "We were that good of friends."
Moss remembered Stock, who was a salesman for Tremco Manufacturing for 40 years, as a loyal Fort Wayne native "who put the roofs on most of the big buildings in Fort Wayne." But he was an even more loyal Indiana University alumnus, Moss said.
Stock graduated from IU in 1950. In college he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, where he and Moss were in the same pledge class. Stock was also the senior basketball manager for the IU basketball team from 1949 to 1950. "Back in those days, that was a very big job and a high honor to be in that position," Moss said.
He continued his loyalty with the university as vice president of the Indiana University Alumni Association of Allen County. And, during the 1950s, he shared his devotion to IU athletics with the people of Fort Wayne.
"Bob was instrumental in getting films of the football and basketball games back before the days of television," Moss said. "He set it up so someone would go to Bloomington, pick up films from Saturday's games and bring them to Fort Wayne on Monday so the alumni up here could see the game right after it had taken place."
Local IU fans could then watch the game films at Don Hall's Gas House on Superior Street. Wade Stock said his father also loved cooking, wine and gardening.
On any given summer afternoon, his father could be found in the garden at his home on West County Line Road, gardening and listening to the Chicago Cubs on his portable radio. "He really was a renaissance man," Wade Stock said.
Stock is survived by his son, who lives in Chicago, and his daughter Heller Stock, of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Haynes Stock.
The family is planning a memorial service in Fort Wayne for late September.
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