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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Brig. Gen. Edward Greenbaum

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.105 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: March Field, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 June 1944 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.3 x 18.0 cm.

Addressed to "Eddie." He just got back to March Field after being grounded at Fresno. Thanks him for his letter, and began arranging time to visit him, as long as he has the time to "squeeze a meal in."

The letter is dated "Wednesday." "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on June 28, 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.

[Draft Created by Crowdsourcing]
Wednesday
Dear Eddie -
I returned to March yesterday, after being grounded at Fresno for four days, and was so pleased to find your letter awaiting me.
I would really love to get in to see you and I've already tried to arrange something. As it now stands, I will call you at the Ambassador sometime on the 7th and find out when you can see me. I imagine most of your time will be taken but if you could squeeze a meal in sometime I'd certainly enjoy seeing you. If I don't find you in when I call, I'll leave word where you can call me at your convenience.
I hope this isn't too involved and I can get in to see you, Eddie. It would be swell.
Always -
Bobby

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