When Tony Martin's wife, dancer Cyd Charisse, died six months ago, he was bereft.They had a blessed marriage - the kind where if one of them was … © 1998 - 2020 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. Tony Rice, the bluegrass guitarist and vocalist known for his elegant, innovative flatpicking, died Friday at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina. [6] NASLPR, Tony Stein, J.B. Butterfield to Smith, Com. Even though things were tough for his family, he found many ways to earn money for his parents and he learned toolmaking at a machine shop at Dayton’s Patterson Field. With help from others, Stein had salvaged a Browning machinegun from a crashed aircraft and modified it by “fitting the gun with a M1 Garand buttstock, a BAR bipod, a BAR rear sight, and a fabricated trigger.”[6] [7] When he fired it, men around could hear it above the roar of battle. Despite the unrelenting savagery and confusion of battle, he rendered prompt assistance to his platoon whenever the unit was in position, directing the fire of a half-track against a stubborn pillbox until he had effected the ultimate destruction of the Japanese fortification. US Marine Corps Corporal Tony Stein Stein customized a .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun from a wrecked Navy fighter plane into a highly effective personal machine gun nicknamed “Stinger”. Assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Parachute Battalion, 1st Parachute Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Stein fought in the Vella Lavella and Bougainville Campaigns, shooting five snipers in a single day during the latter operation. A few factoids about Tony at this time will give one a better understanding of why he earned the Medal of Honor later in life. A week after he had fallen, Tony’s decayed body was retrieved from the battlefield and buried in plot 5, row 6, grave 1107, in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, a cemetery where, several weeks later, Rabbi Roland Gittlesohn gave a famous eulogy entitled, “The Purest Democracy.”. “Tony Rice was the single most influential acoustic guitar player in the last 50 years. Bio by: Don Morfe Stein died a hero's death when he served with the U.S. Marines in Iwo Jima during World War II. BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Corporal Tony Stein was born on September 30, 1921 and raised in Dayton Ohio. Tony's passion was raising registered Black Angus cattle. [12] Ibid., King to Forrestal, 9 Oct. 1945 & Hayler to Forrestal, 27 Sept. 1945 & Vandegrift to Forrestal, 21 Sept. 1945 & Nimitz to Forrestal, 8 Sept. 1945 & Smith to Forrestal, 8 June 1945. Officer, First Btl., 28th Marines, 5th MarDiv, 17 May 1945. Sources: Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; Tony Curtis redid his Will and Trust in May of last year, a few months before he died from cardiac arrest. His mother Rose wanted Tony buried in a Jewish cemetery and Joan wanted him laid to rest in her church’s burial grounds. A week later, he was killed leading a patrol.10]. This Military Service Page was created/owned by, Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011, 1944-1945, 9962, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28), 2016, Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States, 2016, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified], 1943-1943, 8023, (Army) Basic Airborne School, 1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella, 1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville, 1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima. To improve agility and to enhance visibility, he shed his boots and helmet. Stein’s mother witnessed the ceremony with tears streaming down her face. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 22, 1942. In 1940, seeing a boy drowning in Mad River, he rescued his life. While on leave, he  married one of his earlier co-workers from Patterson Field, Joan Stominger. [12] Stein’s nomination for the award received 15 endorsements, the most of any soldier in Flamethrower. A US Navy frigate, the USS Stein, commissioned in 1972, was named after him. Tony Stein was born in 1921 Dayton, Ohio as a child of Austrian Jewish immigrants. Earl Dent dragged Ben to a shell hole for cover, a corpsman had Pete, and I had Tony Stein. In early 1933, he shut down parliament, banned the Austrian Nazi party and assumed dictatorial powers. His tool making job was an essential skill for the war effort. Although it seems Tony identified as Jewish, he may have converted for his wife when they got married (the records are unclear). [11] Ibid., J. L. Underhill to Com. Naval Service. The action on D Day + 10 made it posthumous. He helped get Marines moving off the beach and was a one-man wrecking crew destroying several pillboxes. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and initially became a member of the elite Paramarines. Photos: Top Public Domain Wikimedia Tony Stein, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient. Obadiah Stane was a businessman who worked in partnership with Howard Stark during the early years of Stark Industries inception, assisting him and Anton Vanko in the designs of the Arc Reactor technology and many other inventions.On December 16, 1991, Howard and his wife Maria were untimely killed in a car accident. As quoted by a newspaper, Stane expressed his condolences to the Stark family and lamented Howard's loss, statin… Clipper columnist Tony Stein, who died April 15. Tony Stein, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient. After Pearl Harbor, his tool company was deemed essential for the war economy, so he was not initially drafted, which relieved his Jewish mother. Stouthearted and indomitable, Cpl. Guitarist Tony Rice performing at the 2005 RockyGrass music festival in Lyons, Colorado. Tony Stein was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry on D-Day. When he did so, he cut out all of his children. A year later, on February 19, 1946, Tony’s Medal of Honor was presented to his 24-year-old widow at the Ohio Statehouse in the presence of the governor. He attended Kiser High School there. During the review of the command’s recommendation that Stein receive the Navy Cross posthumously, Major General James L. Underhill, a member of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific’s Awards Board, believed a better description of Stein’s actions might upgrade the award. [1] James H. Hallas, Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima: The Stories of the Medal of Honor Recipients in the Marine Corps’ Bloodiest Battle of World War II, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2016, 31. However, Tony had other ideas and joined the Marine Corps in September 1942. Pete Hansen went down on my left, Tony Stein on my right. His parents had emigrated from Yugoslavia and were German-speaking immigrants with Austrian papers. The coroner said Stein died of "multiple gunshot wounds" and ruled the death a … They came to American to escape anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and embrace the opportunities of the United States. He was killed in action 10 days later. Later in the day, although his weapon was twice shot from his hands, he personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon to the company position. They called it the Stinger. Eileen Kathryn Stein, 86, of Arnold died Nov. 17, 2020. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and initially became a member of the elite Paramarines. FMF, 25 May 1945, 1-2 & Statement Sgt. Stein, armed with a personally improvised aircraft-type weapon, provided rapid covering fire as the remainder of his platoon attempted to move into position. Anthony H. "Tony" Stein, 87, a … Update: The Marion County coroner's office on Friday identified the victim as 30-year-old Walter Tony Stein Jr. His care-free behavior did not lend itself to school and he dropped out of Kiser High School his freshman year. Colorado is and was a great state. Stein’s remains were removed from Iwo Jima in 1948 and arrived, one week before Christmas, back in Dayton, provoking a fight between his widow and mother over where he would be buried. Stouthearted and indomitable, Cpl. He was 69. Stein, who won a Tony Award for his work on “Fiddler,” also supplied the book, or story, for nearly a dozen other musicals, including “Zorba,” “Mr. They came to American to escape anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and embrace the opportunities of the United States. Cool and courageous under the merciless hail of exploding shells and bullets which fell on all sides, he continued to deliver the fire of his skillfully improvised weapon at a tremendous rate of speed which rapidly exhausted his ammunition. Obadiah was treacherous, intelligent, callous, sociopathic and extremely manipulative. He was now built like a linebacker. After this training, he deployed to the Pacific and fought in the battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Vella Lavella. 1968, Boulder, CO, Stein, Buddy Werner, Spider Sabich, Jean Claude, Tony Sailor. As far as history is concerned, though, Tony Stein was the only Jewish Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima. Stein was a member of the elite Paramarines from the end of his recruit training until the Paramarines were disbanded in 1944. [13] NASLPR, File Tony Stein, Rose Parks to War Department, 4 June 1946; Rose Parks to Marine Corps, 6 November 1947. He was still alive, but not for long. FMF, 25 May 1945, 1; Hallas, 32. Undaunted, he removed his helment and shoes to expedite his movements and ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time." Stein, by his aggressive initiative, sound judgment, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Joan had remarried, complicating the legal question as to whether she was his next-of-kin. [1] He then did a stint in FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps working in a lumber camp and doing various construction jobs. Locating positions Stein wanted to attack, he stood up in plain view receiving fire while lugging a Browning .30 caliber machinegun that fired 500 rounds per minute. A t… Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Peter Anthony “Tony” Stein (8 Jan 1886–21 Mar 1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. He was physically tough, willing to take risks and helpful to others. He was killed in action ten days later. Tony Stein was born in 1921 Dayton, Ohio as a child of Austrian Jewish immigrants. Undaunted, he removed his helmet and shoes to expedite his movements and ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time. [5] Hallas, Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima, 20-39; Jim G. Henri, W. Keyes Beech, David K. Dempsey, Alvin M. Josephy, and Tom Dunn, The U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima, NY, 1945, 42. Stein was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 30, 1921, and attended Kiser High School there. On 1 March 1945, Stein was killed by an enemy sniper while walking point on patrol against an enemy machine gun position. The first man of his unit to be on station after hitting the beach in the initial assault, Cpl. He was looking forward Tony was a daredevil as a kid and never showed fear of anything. In 1986 Tony met Lori Peterson and they have since shared the last 32 years together, until his death. On May 17, 1945, he wrote Stein’s battalion commander, Colonel J. I followed Stein around the town, bar hopping to try to get my newer copy of his book signed. Anthony Michael “Tony” Stein was born on 30 September 1921 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Rose and Steve Stein. So maybe we really need to believe that the shrapnel can truly not be removed, else Tony will die. In 1979 he started Stein … [11] Eventually, a more detailed report was submitted and sent up the chain of command and Lieutenant General Holland M. “Howlin Mad” Smith (head of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific), Pacific Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, General Alexander A. Vandegrift (Commandant of the Marine Corps), Rear Admiral R. W. Hayler (head of the Navy Department of Awards and Decorations), and Fleet Admiral Ernest King (head of the U.S. Navy) recommended approval of a Medal of Honor for Stein. Kent F. Stegner, 23 April 1945. Determined to neutralize the strategically placed weapons, he boldly charged the enemy pillboxes one by one and succeeded in killing 20 of the enemy during the furious singlehanded assault. Anthony Michael “Tony” Stein was born on September 30, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Rose and Steve Stein.His parents had emigrated from Yugoslavia and were German-speaking immigrants with Austrian papers. After all, there would have been no shortage of these high-performance weapons. Such a position in the squad, being a sniper of snipers, required excellent knowledge of his rifle, patience, and excellent body control. Naval Service. He was becoming one of the best in his group of elite warriors. In those days Dayton was known as the “Gem City”. [7] Hallas, Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima, 30-1. [2], After he finished Boot Camp, Tony joined the ParaMarines (he was going to be part of the Marine Corps Shock Troops and become a Paratrooper). Men could not get off the beach or see the enemy, which was hidden in pillboxes, bunkers, tunnels, and caves (the island is eight square miles and there were eleven miles of tunnels). Lift tickets were rolled back to the first season cost of $6.50. This day was hell on earth for the Marines. He had a hole in his back larger than my fist. Dayton Daily News October 20, 2006 pg. [5], Stein was unquestionably heroic on the first day of battle when the Marines hit the beach on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. [4], During this time, he used his skills as a toolmaker to modify a machinegun that would define him on Iwo Jima. Stein never received the MOH he was awarded. B. Butterfield, for more information. The AN/M2 was fitted as defensive armament on many US Navy aircraft used in the Pacific theater, such as the SBD Dauntless, PBY Catalina, and Grumman Avenger. The chest piece is also essential because it keeps the shrapnel, or fragments, from killing Tony by entering his heart. On Bougainville, he became known as a “sniper exterminator,” taking out five snipers before they could continue killing any of his comrades. After his honeymoon, he left for Camp Pendleton, California, to help set up and build out the newly formed 5th Marine Corps Division (5th MarDiv). (Jordan Klein / CC BY-SA 2.0) Tony Rice, an iconic musician in American vernacular guitar — in particular, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass and acoustic jazz — died … One year after his charge on Iwo Jima, Tony Stein’s widow received the Medal of Honor on her husband’s behalf. Bryan Rigg, Flamethrower: Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient and U.S. Marine Woody Williams and His Controversial Award, Japan's Holocaust and the Pacific War, Fidelis Historia, (March 19, 2020). "Tony Stein". “He was fearless…He didn’t know the meaning of the word fear,” according to James Hallas. In 1942, he left weighing 130-pounds; 20 months later he had grown two inches and weighed 190-pounds, all muscle. He was capable of feigning interest in Tony's welfare, and his father before him, when he was manipulating the actions of Stark Industries for his own selfish and narcissistic interests. Bryan Rigg is the author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, the Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers and Flamethrower: Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient and U.S. Marine Woody Williams and His Controversial Award, Japan's Holocaust and the Pacific War. Dayton Daily News April 7, 2002 pg. He was killed by a sniper on Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945. [2] National Archives, St. Louise Personnel Records (NASLPR), Tony Stein, Marks, Scars, Etc., 22 Sept. 1942; Hallas, 31. Both compresses off of Stein's and my cartridge belts wouldn't fit the hole! When his comrades were stalled by a concentrated machine-gun and mortar barrage, he gallantly stood upright and exposed himself to the enemy’s view, thereby drawing the hostile fire to his own person and enabling him to observe the location of the furiously blazing hostile guns. Tony Stein (September 30, 1921 – March 1, 1945) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II. Wonderful,” and “Plain and Fancy.” On March 1, Stein volunteered to lead a group of Marines in locating and destroying a complex of Japanese pillboxes. 157179291, citing Saint Mary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; … His parents had emigrated from Yugoslavia and were German-speaking immigrants with Austrian papers. He knew they were the first sent into battle and he wanted to fight the fascist warmongers who had attacked his country. Admiral Richard Pennoyer tied the Medal around her neck as she stood overwhelmed by the emotions of pride and loss. Tony Stein was a Jewish kid from Dayton, Ohio and was an apprentice tool maker. [10] NASLPR, Tony Stein, J.B. Butterfield to Smith, Com. Engelbert Dollfuss born 04-10-1892 was an Austrian Christian Social and Patriotic Front statesman. He was promoted to corporal and put in charge of a squad of 13 men. He died in my arms." [8], Carrying a Stinger, like the backpack flamethrower, required courage. The military recognized Joan as the next-of-kin and Stein was reburied in Our Lady of Rosary Church according to his wife’s wishes. President of the United States Corporal Tony Stein, who was killed in action on 1 March 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in repeated singlehanded assaults against the enemy and outstanding valor in aiding wounded Marines during the initial assault on Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. Then he joined a boxing league in the city and reached the Dayton Golden Glove Championship and won it in February 1942, fighting at 128-pounds and standing at 5'6". He was introduced as a fatherly, charismatic and highly practical man whom Tony trusted very deeply, but his true colors increasingly revealed as a truly sociopathic and diabolica… LEWISTOWN — Anton “Tony” Stein of Lewistown passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his cabin in the Little Belt Mountains at the age of 75. Terence Kyle, a blogger on The Drawn Cutlass related that his uncle, Kent Stenger, was part of that ill-fated patrol and was with him when Stein died. Additional photo courtesy of Bryan Rigg, Download our mobile app for on-the-go access to the Jewish Virtual Library. [9]  The day Stein earned the Medal of Honor (the highest decoration for valor in the United States Armed Forces), he ran back to the beach to reload his Stinger with 100 rounds eight times after carrying back a wounded man or helping one to an Aid Station. People were astounded by his transformation. They came to American to escape anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and embrace the opportunities of the United States.Tony was a daredevil as a kid and never showed fear of anything. He received the award for repeatedly making single-handed assaults against the enemy and for aiding wounded Marines during the initial assault on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. B2, A member of the class of 1939, Cpl. Many if not all of the Bluegrass guitar players of today would say that they cut their teeth on Tony Rice’s music.” Tony Rice’s former band member in J.D. Anthony Michael “Tony” Stein was born on September 30, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Rose and Steve Stein. In February 1945, his division loaded on their ships and headed to what would become one of the most brutal battles of World War II. And Tony’s division would be the first, along with the 4th MarDiv, to hit the island when it was attacked. Looking for any possible advantage over a tenacious and entrenched adversary, the fact that soldiers would attempt to re-purpose the AN/M2 for infantry use is hardly a surprise. Longtime Clipper columnist Tony Stein, who died April 15, is pictured in 2003 as a jam taster and judge at the Chesapeake Jubilee. Stein, by his aggressive initiative, sound judgment, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Just as he was turning 21, in September 1942, he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. The Stinger’s high rate of fire […] He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 22, 1942. She was preceded in death by her husband: Donald Stein. [3], After the battle of Bougainville in 1943-1944, Stein’s ParaMarines disbanded and he returned to the States for some leave. 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