Robert William Samuel Stinson was born in 1912 to Ray and Zoe Stinson who lived in Flint, Michigan. Robert was an only child. His father worked at a drug store.
Robert married Katharine and moved to Wayne, Pennslvania.
Robert was a Marine Corps combat correspondent. In November, 1943, he was assigned to combined air operations at Nukufetau, a small group of islands west of the Solomon Islands. He was on board a Navy PB4Y Privateer on a search mission which failed to return. After a three day search by Marine Air Group 13, 10 of the 11 Marines were rescued, Robert was never found.