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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.184 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Camp Davis, North Carolina Type: Typed letter signed Date: 17 July 1945 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 27.6 x 21.3 cm.

Addressed to "Dad and Bee." He enclosed a newspaper clipping about the closing of of Fort Davis, GLC09620.232, to show his complaints were "well founded."

He will hear about his assignment by the end of the week most likely, and he hopes he'll be at a redistribution or separation center. He does not want to go to Texas. He hopes his parents have a great time at Alderbrook.

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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Camp Davis, N.C
July 17th, 1945
Dear Dad and Bee:
There's really nothing new to write about, but I thought you'd be interested to see the enclosed clipping from the morning's paper. Just trying to prove that my complaints about this dump are well founded. Frankly I'll never know how the Air Force ever got stuck with this white elephant when they have such swell places as Atlantic City, Miami, and Santa Monica.
There's nothing new about my assignment, but I ought to know something definite by the end of the week. I've got my fingers crossed that my job at a redistribution or separation center comes through. I'd certainly hate to be sent out to Texas, but I suppose that will be just my luck.
That's about all for now except that I hope you have a swell time at Alderbrook and that you catch lots of trout.
Best love,

Lt. Robert L. Stone 0-696041
1079th AAF Base Unit
Camp Davis
North Carolina

Mr. J.C Stone
Alderbrook Park
Ausable Forks

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