Inside the Vault: World War II Soldiers: Lt. Robert L. Stone

Lieutenant Robert Stone served as a bombardier in the 431st Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 7th United States Army Air Force during World War II. Bob was a nineteen-year-old college student when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He left college to join the Army Air Forces and would fly 40 missions in the Pacific. His letters provide a detailed eyewitness account by one soldier in a way that cannot be captured in a textbook. Ryan Scheb, history educator at Cristo Rey New York High School and Avery Sobczak from Hamilton join us as we examine Lieutenant Stone’s letters to his family.

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    • Training accident: 4:24–12:25
    • Flight log: 12:25–13:30 
    • A frightening mission over Iwo Jima: 13:20–20:57
    • Oral history: 20:58–34:37
    • The Battle of Iwo Jima: A family waits for news, 1945: 34:37– 45:15
    • 40th mission: 46:31–51:27