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Dole, Bob (1923- ) to Sheila Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.213 Author/Creator: Dole, Bob (1923- ) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed document signed Date: 1 December 2015 Pagination: 1p. ; 27.6 x 19.4 cm.

A thank you note from Bob Dole for a copy of "Letters in a Box." He enclosed a copy of his own war memoir, GLC09620.347. It is signed by Bob Dole.

A note with the collection states "Dick Button introduced me to his friend John Zentay, a Washington D.C. lawyer who was a good friend of Bob Dole's. John asked up to send Senator Dole a copy of our book and in return he sent me his back (inscribed) and this letter."

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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