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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.171 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Mariana Islands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 April 1945 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 24.7 x 15.7 cm.

Addressed to "Dad + Bee." He's been getting letters at every mail call, and thanks his family for them. He ran down to see Barry, who should be leaving for the states soon. He's eagerly awaiting a package with the "bay rum" from Jacob Stone.

He did not meet Mr. Peterson, a colleague of Uncle Eddie's, but received a card and a box of chocolates that Uncle Eddie had sent him. The missions are coming slowly, but they're up to thirty-seven in total.

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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The Marinas
April 8th, 1945
Dear Dad & Bee -
You've been swell about keeping me in letters at nearly every mail call. Just have time to dash off a page or so, although my news is scarce.
Ran down to see Barry again early in the week and as always he is fine. He thought he'd be leaving for the states any day so far all I know he may be on his way home.
Many thanks for mailing me the various clippings and transcript from Williams, Dad. I'm eagarly [sic] awaiting for the package with the bay rum in it. Think I'll save it for the day we land on our 40th.
You asked if I'd seen Mr. Petersen, that friend of Eddie's. Well, he didn't come around but some Capt. brought me a box of chocolates from Eddie with a note on it. It seems

that Mr. Petersen never got to the island I'm on. Anyhoo, I got the chocolates but didn't see him.
The missions are coming very slowly and we've not got thirty-seven under the old belt. These last few don't give you a minutes rest. That's about all for now.
Best love -

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

Mr. J. C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City (22)

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