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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.060 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Salt Lake City, Utah Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 November 1943 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 26.9 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad + Bee." Still no word on when he will be "crewed up," and now everyone is required to be on post by 1AM. They have them in school from 8-5PM and it's a "complete farce." After class they head to town for a good meal, and a movie or "some such entertainment." The letter is dated as "Friday." "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on December 10, 1943, but the envelope is postmarked at November 12, 1943.

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]
Dear Dad & Bee -
I haven't much in the way of news but even so a few lines are in order to say that all ...goes well. Still on word as to when I'll be crewed up and be shipped out.
Just like all good things our pleasant set-up came to an abrupt end on monday. Everybody is now required to be on the post every night by one o'clock at night. They have us going to school every day from eight in the morning until five. It's horribly confused and at best, a complete farce. We don't get a darn thing out of school and so it's a complete waste of time. They make us go just to keep our day occupied. Frankly I'd rather sleep.
Comes five o'clock and we all head for town to indulge in a good meal and perhaps a movie or some such entertainment. Don't remember if I told you or not, but last Saturday we saw the Utah-Colorado football game. Not a good fame, but lots of fun.
No more news now. Will write as soon as I find out about being moved out, etc.
Lots of love -
P.S. Haven't heard from you yet and I'm wondering if my ring or the pictures have arrived yet?

Lt. R.L. Stone 0-696041
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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 EducationTranscript AvailableCrowdsourced Transcript AvailableTranscript Project: Robert L. Stone's World War II letters

Sub Era: World War II

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