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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.102 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Beverly Hills, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 June 1944 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 27.6 x 19.4 cm.

Addressed to "Dad + Bee." It was "swell" to talk with his parents, but disappointing when he could not reach Don Stone. He went to a picnic yesterday and played bridge. He ran a few errands and plans on taking Ronnie and Doug Drake out for a steak dinner. He hopes to phone his parents when he reaches San Francisco.

The letter is dated "Monday Aft." "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on June 19, 1944.

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.

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Monday Aft
Dear Dad & Bee -
Just a note to say 'twas swell to talk to you yesterday. Had a disappointment when I couldn't get through to talk to Don. I did however, speak to Jim who was swell as ever.
Had a fine time cooking hamburgers etc. over a fire yesterday. 'Twas such fun to go on a picnic again. Played bridge last night.
This morning I did alot of errands in Beverly Hills while Ronnie was doing nursing. She'll be back in a little while. Tonight I'm going to take the Drakes out for a steak dinner and then return to March later.
As I said on the phone please

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continue to write to Box 1416 and it will be forwarded. As soon as I get an A.P.O number I'll sent [sic] it to you.
If I have a chance to write or call from Frisco I will but if not please don't worry about me. I have no idea how long I'll be there or how busy I'll be so don't expect to hear from - if I possibly can I'll contact you.
All love -
Bobby

[envelope]
Lt. Robert Stone 0-696044
Box 1416
March Field
California

Lt. Comdr. J. C. Stone
Alderbrook Park
Ausable Forks
N.Y.

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