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Japanese Government [Japanese Military Occupation Currency Fifty Sen]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.371 Author/Creator: Japanese Government Place Written: Japan Type: Object Date: 1944 Pagination: 1 banknote : paper : green, blue, and red ; 7.5 x 11.5 cm.

Summary of Content: A banknote worth fifty Sen, used in areas occupied by the Japanese Military. The reverse side is a blue and red engraving of an entrance to a village. Robert L. Stone made notes on an the side noting the bill as worth fifty sen with a picture of mountains printed in green. He wrote "Guam to Volcano Is. (Iwo Jima) 11/11/44. 431st Bomb Squadron 11th Bomb Group, December 15 Iwo Jima. Tinian to Bonin Is (Chichi + Haha Jima) (11/1/44)."

Background Information: 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. See More

People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IIMoney

Sub Era: World War II

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