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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Don Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.004 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Postcard Date: 11 February 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.8 x 14.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Don." A brief postcard to his brother Don. Bob hasn't had time to write a long letter, but thanks Don for his "long, newsy and amusing letter." Bob wishes him good luck in the Army and hopes to hear from him once he recieves his orders. Postcard has a picture of a silver plane flying on a light blue background with clouds and the words "Keep 'Em Flying!" in red lettering. Same image as GLC09620.001.

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, Don, fl. 1923

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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