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Army Air Forces General Order

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.189 Author/Creator: Army Air Forces Place Written: Fort Dix, New Jersey Type: Typed document signed Date: 9 December 1945 Pagination: 1 p. ; 27.6 x 21.4 cm.

A brief General Order announcing Robert L. Stone's appointment as "Aide-de-Camp to Major General Leland S. Hobbs, United States Army."

Signed by Melvin W. Reed, Major, AGD, Adjutant.

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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