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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.109 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Seattle, Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 July 1944 Pagination: 2 p. ; 26.8 x 17.6 cm.

Addressed to "Dad." He enclosed an insurance slip for his good watch that he just sent home and it needs some work to be done. He has another watch so there is no rush in getting it back.

The letter is not dated, but the reciept enclosed is dated July 3, 1944. "Letters in a Box" notes the letter was written on July 3, 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]
Dear Dad -
Enclosed is an insurance slip for my good watch which I sent home. It has been losing alot of time every day and I wish you would take it to a good jeweler for an overhaul. I haven't had anything done to it in over two years and perhaps it needs to be cleaned.
I have another issued wrist watch so there's no hurry on it. Maybe I ought to have you keep it for me anyway. I'll write you later if I want it.
Must run now.
All love -
Bobby

[receipt affixed to bottom of letter]
Receipt For Registered Article No. 69761
40 Fee paid 1 class postage paid. 7-3, 1944 (Date)
Value, $100.00 Surcharge paid, $ <blank>
Lt. R.L. Stone APO 16280AS19 (Sender)
San Francisco Calif (Street and number) (Post office and State)
<text loss> ed to Lt Comdr J.C. Stone (Addressee)
375 Park Ave New York City NY (Street and number) (Post office and State)
Accepting employee will place initials in space below, indicating restricted delivery
Return receipt fee <blank>
Delivery restricted to addressee (in person____ or order_____ Fee paid____)
Special delivery fee <blank>
Postmaster, per G [Cummen]

[envelope]
Lt. R.L. Stone 0-696041
APO 16280 AS(19)
San Francisco, Cal.

Lt. Comdr. J.C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City

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