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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.180 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Oahu, Hawaii Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 May 1945 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 26.7 x 19.4 cm.

Addressed to "Dad + Bee." It was "swell to talk to them the other day." It's great to be living like a human being and they had a "mighty wet party" and he thanks his father for treating the crew. He and the crew are at the rest camp devouring fresh food, milk, and relaxing. All is well with him, and he hopes to see his parents in early June.

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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Oahu, Hawaii
May 11th, 1945
Dear Dad & Bee -
Just a line or two to tell you how swell it was to talk to you the other day. You can well imagine how wonderful it is to be out of the combat zone and back here where people live like human beings. It will still be a little while before we leave for the States so don't count the days. It seems that everyone goes home by boat now so that will take a little time too.
Had a big old brawl the other night on the money you sent me, Dad. Believe me it was a mighty wet party and one we'd looked forward to for a long time. Again a million thanks for treating us, Dad. I only wish you could have been along.
At the moment we're living at the rest camp devouring lots of fresh food and gallons of milk. It's a real pleasure to eat good food once again.
Have been swimming several times and in general have been taking it very easy just enjoying the conveniences of civilization.

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Can't think of anything else for now but I did want you to know that all's well with R.L.S and that I'll be seeing you some time in the early part of June.
Best love -
Bobby

[envelope]
Lt. Robert 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
NY

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