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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.021 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Ellington Field, Texas Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 April 1943 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 27.8 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad + Bee." A hasty letter as he has a lot of work to do for class tomorrow. Grateful for the pictures his father sent. Sending a picture book of Ellington along with his letter so his family can check it out. Hopes to go to Houston on Saturday night and then swimming in Galveston on Sunday. He's looking forward to the break from army life. The date is written as "Thursday Nite" but "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on April 27, 1943. Letter is typed on U.S. Army Air Forces letterhead.

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

Full Transcript: [Draft Created by Crowdsourcing]
Thursday Nite
Dear Dad & Bee -
Just a hasty note cause I'm very busy with alot of work for classes tomorrow. I guess my last letter ...crossed yours Dad because the pictures arrived. Many thanks! I really think that one of Mom is swell and Don's is good also.
I'm sending you a picture-book of Ellington which gives only a fair idea of what goes on here. I think, however, you'll enjoy seeing it anyway.
As yet I haven't gotten to town but plan to go to Houston on Saturday night and a bunch of us hope to go to Galveston swimming on Sunday, if all goes well. I'm really looking forward to getting off the post for some diversion from the routine of army-life.
Must run now -
Lots of love,

P.S. Again thanks for the pictures, Dad. Please don't forget to send me the one of the Comdr. when it comes.

A/C R.L. Stone 12120188
Bombardier Wing
Group 21 Squadron D
Ellington Field, Texas

Lt. Comdr. J.C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985

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

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary CampMilitary ServiceAir ForceAviationMilitary EducationTexasTranscript AvailableCrowdsourced Transcript AvailableTranscript Project: Robert L. Stone's World War II letters

Sub Era: World War II

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