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Petersen, Howard C. (1910-1995) to Robert L. Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.192 Author/Creator: Petersen, Howard C. (1910-1995) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 31 December 1945 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 24.0 x 18.2 cm.

A thank you note from Howard C. Petersen who just became Assistant Secretary of War.

Post-Script- He asks that Bob let him know if he can do anything to get Bob a regular army commission.

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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