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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.024 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Ellington Field, Texas Type: Postcard Date: 4 May 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.9 x 14.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Folks." Brief note to say he was "as red as a lobster" from a day trip to the beach. It was a good break from the routine of training. "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on May 4, 1943. Postcard image is "Beach Front, Showing Hotel Buccaneer and Murdoch's Bathhouse, Galveston, Texas."

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

Dear Folks -
A few of us were down here today and I'm ...now as broiled as a lobster. It was to go bathing and sunning for a change from our routine - Bobby

Lt. Comdr. J. C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City

Beach Front, Showing Hotel Buccaneer and Murdoch's Bathhouse, Galveston, Texas 122
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
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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