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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.007 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Postcard Date: 16 February 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.9 x 15.0 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Folks." Writes a brief note following a call they had last night. He sent his parents both his watch to be repaired and his "civies," and asks that they let him know when they arrive. He asks them to send the things he asked for by phone as soon as they can, as well as any extra candy or cookies that he would gratefully receive. 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 and .004.

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 LetterNashvilleMilitary CampMilitary Service

Sub Era: World War II

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