Michael Stone
15th United States Secretary of the Army
In office
August 14, 1989 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJohn O. Marsh Jr.
Succeeded byTogo D. West Jr.
Personal details
Michael Patrick William Stone

(1925-07-02)July 2, 1925
London, England
DiedMay 18, 1995(1995-05-18) (aged 69)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationYale University (BA)
New York University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States (1929–1995)
United Kingdom (1925–1929; 1943–1945)
Branch/serviceRoyal Navy
Years of service1943-1945
RankActing Sub-Lieutenant

Michael Patrick William Stone (June 2, 1925 – May 18, 1995) was a British-American business executive and federal government administrator. He served as the United States Secretary of the Army between 1989 and 1993.

The following is the official military biography (not copyrighted):

Michael P. W. Stone was born in London, England, on 2 June 1925. He came to the U.S. in 1929; served in the British Royal Navy during World War II as an aviator with the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy and was assigned to the British carrier HMS Glory (R62), operating in the Mediterranean and Far East, 1943-1945 (left Royal Navy with rank of temporary acting Sub-Lieutenant in 1945[1]), received a B.A. degree from Yale University, 1948; studied at New York University Law School, 1948-1949; founding partner in Sterling International, a paper marketing and manufacturing business, 1950-1964; was vice president of that company and several of its subsidiaries including Sterling Vineyards, 1960-1982; was Director of the U.S. Mission in Cairo, Egypt, of the Agency for International Development, 1982-1985; Director of the Agency for International Development Caribbean Basin Initiative, 1985-1988; was Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management), 27 May 1986-12 May 1988; served concurrently as Acting Under Secretary of the Army, 28 February 1988-23 May 1988; was Under Secretary of the Army and Army Acquisition Executive, 24 May 1988-13 August 1989; while serving as Army Under Secretary, performed the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 13 May 1989-10 August 1989; was Secretary of the Army, 14 August 1989-19 January 1993; chairman of the board of the Panama Canal Commission, 1990-1993; died in San Francisco, California, 18 May 1995.


Stone attended The Taft School for five years, graduating in 1942. He continued his studies at Yale University, but dropped out to join the Royal Navy. Stone received his flight training in the United States. He returned to Yale after the war to complete his undergraduate degree.[3][4]


  1. ^ "(648) - Navy lists > Quarterly > 1945 > July > Volume 2 - British Military lists - National Library of Scotland".
  2. ^ "Michael P. Stone - Former Under Secretary Army". www.army.mil. Archived from the original on 27 June 2004.
  3. ^ Reiff, Julie (Fall 2011). "Michael P. W. Stone, Class of 1942: Only Foreign-Born Secretary of the Army". Taft Bulletin. Watertown, Connecticut. p. 30. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  4. ^ Bell, William Gardner (1992). "Michael Patrick William Stone". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits & Biographical Sketches. Center of Military History, U.S. Army. p. 160. ISBN 978-0160361913. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
Government offices Preceded byJames R. Ambrose United States Under Secretary of the Army May 1988 – August 1989 Succeeded byJohn W. Shannon Preceded byJohn O. Marsh, Jr. United States Secretary of the Army August 1989 – January 1993 Succeeded byTogo D. West, Jr.