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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Jacob Stone, Beatrice Stone, Don Stone, Jim Stone, Barry Marks, Ken Marks, and others

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.080.02 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: March Field, California Type: Typed letter Date: 21 February 1944 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.8 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad, Bee, Don, Jim, Barry, Ken + ." He apologizes for not writing, but he's been in the hospital for the past three weeks to have the plate in his leg removed as it had been bothering him at the high altitudes. He's been removed from his crew, but they've been visiting him and bringing his mail. The hospital is dull, and he is beginning to feel better, but gets dizzy when he sits up due to the "sulfa pills." He asks that this letter makes the rounds and he hopes to respond to everyone soon. The letter is dated "Monday Afternoon." "Letters in a Box," notes the letter was sent on February 21, 1944. This is a typed copy of GLC09620.080.01.

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]
Monday Afternoon.
Dear Dad, Bee, Don, Jim, Barry, Ken & Bunny -
I'm sorry it's been so many ages since I last wrote but it so happens ...that I've been here in the hospital for the last three weeks. I didn't think it would be wise to worry you until it was all over but for some time I've had trouble with my leg at high altitude when it was so terribly cold. So, after much consultation they decided to operate on my leg and remove my plate taking the chance it was the cause of my trouble.
Right now I am feeling lots better and before long I hope to be up and about again. The operation wasn't too bad but for about a week I wasn't feeling too hot. My leg was rather painful but it's coming along nicely now. The Major who operated on me is supposed to be a good orthopedic man. He, of course, knew of Gallie and thinks very highly of him.
The day I was operated on, Ronnie and Doug came over to the hospital and were here when I woke up the first afternoon. It made it lots easier for me cause I wasn't feeling too marvelous. I think Ronnie is coming over again tomorrow.
The one tough thing about all this seige is the fact that I was removed from my crew when I was put in the hospital. It really breaks my heart because I had such a swell gang. The boys are swell and come up to see me all the time. They always bring my mail here. etc. Incidentally, continue to write to the same address as always because I'll get my mail quicker than if it came directly to the hospital.
Speaking of mail, I'm afraid I owe everyone a letter but I haven't written a soul for the past three weeks or so. Please be sure that this letter gets around to all the family so they'll excuse my not writing. Hope you can make out my scrawl but I'm on my back writing since I still get dizzy when I sit up, because they've been stuffing me with sulfa pills for about a week now and they have this effect on you.
Can't think of any more now cause life is kinda dull here in the hospital. I hope this letter finds you all well and in top spirits. Please don't worry about R.L.S. because I'm feeling lots better now and ought to be up walking again before too long. I hope you received my telegram that one of the boys was sending for me this morning
Please thank Bunny for her sweet letter that arrived this morning. Tell her that I'll write as soon as I'm up and around. Be sure you tell her cause I got a long letter from her this morning.
'Nuff for now - All love - Bobby.
P.S. When they removed my plate, they found the screws to be a little loose. Consequently, it was just as well that it came out - it makes a small souvenir; A little black metal plate with six separate screws. Just like something a carpenter would have.
P.P.S. Got your telegram this morning, Dad, and of course you can understand why I wasn't able to call back on Sunday. Love again - Bobby

Lt. R. L. Stone 0-696041
399th Bomb Group, Squadron 607, March Field, California.
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985
Marks, Barry, 1926-1983
Stone, James, 1926-2007
Stone, Don, fl. 1925

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

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

Sub Era: World War II

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