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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.117 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Oahu, Hawaii Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 July 1944 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 14.8 x 11.8 cm.

Addressed to "Dad." A brief note stating that he forgot to ask about his watch that he sent home before he left Seattle. He would like his father to have it fixed for him. He still hasn't received any mail, so he hopes they've gotten his many letters.

The V-mail letter is dated as "Sunday July 16th." "Letters in a Box" dates the letter as July 16, 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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Lt. Comdr. J. C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City
Lt. R. L. Stone 0-696041
7th Bomber Command (H.T.D.)
APO 953 c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, Cal.
Sunday July 16th
Dear Dad -
I wrote you a long letter last night but I forgot to mention something that I neglected to ask you on the phone yesterday. Before I left Seattle I mailed you my good wrist watch and I wonder if you've received it yet. I included the insurance slip in a letter that I mailed before I left. As I said in that letter my watch is on the blink and I'd like you to have it fixed for me.
Still no mail for any of us today and I wondering if you've received any of my various epistles - I hope so. As soon as you receive my first letter please be sure to send my new address to all the boys.
Must run now.
All love -

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