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Unknown [Photograph of Robert L. Stone with Shack up Shack]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.320 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Mariana Islands Type: Photograph Date: 1945 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7.3 cm.

A photograph of Robert L. Stone in his uniform holding a leaning against a tent with the sign "Shack up Shack."

A post-it note included with the collection notes these "snaps" are miscellaneous photos of crew/camps/places in the Pacific.

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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