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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.010 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Postcard Date: 19 February 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.9 x 15.0 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Bee." A brief note asking for all of his "underwear shorts" and the pair of "high black sneakers," in addition to a few things he asked for by phone. Postcard has a picture of rows of planes, with servicemen in uniform standing in front of the planes at attention. The sky is still dark, and there is a bar of green at the bottom edge of the card.

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

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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