No act aggression against the United States had ever bonded the American people in a common cause so strongly as the attack on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Clarence Raymond Stephenson was working in the circulation department of the Ironton Tribune when he learned of the attack. Like millions of other young men, he volunteered to defend his country. His goal? To pilot a B-17, the Army Air Corps’ Flying Fortress. In February 1942, he boarded a bus headed to Patterson Field in Dayton, Ohio to pursue his dream.