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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Jacob Stone and Beatrice Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.003 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Postcard Date: 6 February 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.8 x 14.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Folks." A brief postcard to his parents. Bob hasn't had much of a chance to write as he has been on "K.P." [kitchen patrol] for two days straight. He has not started his training tests yet though. "Everything still goes well." Postcard has a picture of a silver bomber plane flying on an orange and peach background with clouds and the words "Keep 'Em Flying!" in black lettering.

Background Information: Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into ...a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions. See More

People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Beatrice Marks, fl. 1900-1950
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterNashville

Sub Era: World War II

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