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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.119 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Oahu, Hawaii Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 July 1944 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 27.3 x 19.4 cm.

Addressed to "Dad and Bee." Everyone's mail came through and they each received fifteen to twenty letters. He was disappointed when he didn't have one from Pam, but found out that she had a "brain concussion" and can't write quite yet. He was able to call her and she's hoping to write soon. He asks his parents to keep an eye on her until she can write again.

The letter is dated as "July 22nd." "Letters in a Box" dates the letter as July 22, 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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July 22nd
Dear Dad & Bee -
Yesterday was a big occasion for us when our first batch of mail came through. Everybody was jubilant with a stack of fifteen to twenty-five letters. I guess they must have held up all mail coming to that temporary APO number. Many thanks for your various letters. I hope you keep 'em [strikeout] coming.
Was quite upset when I didn't have any mail from Pam in my array of eighteen letters but realized [struck: what] why when Ronnie's letter explained that Pam had had a brain concussion. When I spoke to Pam from Seattle she casually mentioned she was in the hospital but didn't say what was wrong. I naturally thought nothing much of it and let it go at that. I never thought to ask you when I had you on the phone a few days ago.
I was kinda worried so I decided to call her which I did this morning. She sounded in good spirits and said she was lots better. Please write me how she's coming along until she's able to write herself.
No more now but I did want you to know I'd received your first letters.
All love - Bobby

Lt. R. L. Stone 0-696041
7th Bomber Command (Heavy Training Det.)
APO 953 ? Postmaster
San Francisco, Cal.

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

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