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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.139 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Marianas Islands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 October 1944 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 27.4 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad + Bee." He finally has time to write as they just finished moving. He can't disclose the name of the island he is on, but it is rough living. They didn't have mosquito nets the first night and were "almost carried away." They're living in tents and eating rations and coconuts, which are everywhere. They go to bed around 5:30PM as it is "pitch black, and get up at 5AM as it's "broad day light already." Still no mail and asks his parents to send around his new address as he won't have a chance to write them.

Background Information: 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. See More

Full Transcript: [Draft Created by Crowdsourcing]
Somewhere in the Marianas
October 21, 1944
Dear Dad & Bee -
Finally I have some time to write and bring you up to date on my new set-up, ...that is as much as possible.
As you can see I am now up somewhere in the Marianas. As yet the disclosure of the name of our island is strictly taboo so that's that. Needless to say life here is very rugged - just like you see in the movies. We are living in tents which we've tried to set up but they don't make very good quarters. The first night we had no mosquito nets and we were almost carried away. We spent most of the day yesterday digging up the roots and grass in our tents, and that plus the aid of our nets (we procured [inserted: from the navy)] made for lots better sleeping last night.
For the moment there isn't much more that I can write about this place. Until we get everything running smoothly it will be a fairly rough existance [sic]. At the [strikeout] present we are eating rations and frankly there's nothing less palatable. In fact, on most of the islands the big gripe is nearly always the food. Oh well, when you can't get fresh things that's the best you can do - eat rations. All of the boys are getting pretty tired of eating coco [strikeout] [inserted: nuts]. You see our tents are in a big grove of them and you can just step outside

and you've got something to eat.
No more for now but I'll try to write again in a few days if there's anything else I can tell you. Oh one more thing - we have to get used to very peculiar hours down here because at five thirty in the evening it's pitch black. Naturally we go to bed because there isn't anything else to do, what with no lights. We're up every morning before five because by that time it is broad day light already.
Still no mail from any of you for over three weeks now but I imagine it will catch up with me before too long. Please send my new APO 246 to all the boys because I won't have a chance to write them. Be sure to send it to Ken in case he ever gets up this way.
Write often.
With all love -

Lt. R. L. Stone 0-696041
431st Bomb Sqdn. 11th Group
APO 246 ? Postmaster
San Francisco, Cal.

Mr. J. C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City (22)
N. Y.
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary CampMilitary ServiceAir ForceAviationCensorshipFood

Sub Era: World War II

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