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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.061 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Salt Lake City, Utah Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 November 1943 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 26.2 x 16.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad + Bee." "Just a note to say that all goes well." Writes that he received the ring and pictures he asked for and enclosed the $3.00 [not included] he owed them for the ring. Asks for a copy the photo of him they ordered. "All hell broke loose," as he and the others were restricted to post for two days. He hopes they'll be able to get out soon. There's still nothing definite about shipping orders. Letter is dated as "Friday." "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on November 19, 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:
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Dear Dad & Bee -
Just a note to say that all goes well and thanks alot for your letters. I received the ring and pictures, ...both of which were gladly received. I returned the proofs this afternoon, so you should get them in the middle of next week.
I agreed with you on the one you selected but I didn't think that any of them were too wonderful. I guess I have no complaints, considering the subject. I would appreciate it if you'd order me one, [inserted: print] along with yours. When you get it, you can send it on to me and I'll pay you for it. Incidentally I owe you [inserted: $] 3.00 for my ring which is enclosed.
All hell broke loose around here when the Colonel restricted us to our area for two days. If all goes well, we ought to get out again tomorrow - I sure hope so cause this place is a real dump.
Still nothing definite about shipping although something may come up in a day or so. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything myself.

Very little other news from here and it's hell trying to write on my bunk with 65 noisy Lts. sounding off playing poker, crap, writing letters, or just bulling.
S'long now,
All love -

Lt. R.L. Stone 0-696041
Provisional Squadron F
Army Air Base
Salt Lake City, Utah

Lt. Comdr. J.C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City
Apt. 4-A
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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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