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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.028 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Ellington Field, Texas Type: Postcard Date: 24 May 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.9 x 14.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Folks." Brief note from Galveston saying he's getting some relaxation in, and while it isn't much, it's "fun for a change." Written in pencil. The postcard is not dated, except for a post office stamp. "Letters in a Box" notes the postcard was written on May 24, 1943. The postcard image is a "Scene of Loading Cotton, One of Galveston's Leading Industries."

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 -
Just down here again for the day trying to get ...some more tan and a little relaxation from army routine. This place isn't much but it's fun for a change. Love - Bobby.

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

Scene of Loading Cotton. One of Galveston's Leading Industries
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962

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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