The Stone family is my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. I’ve traced it back to the early 1800s in the Indiana/Ohio Region.
Chester “Chet” Stone
1931 – ???
In going through some of the papers from my grandmother & mother, I found a number of letters written back home from Chet to his sister Betty and her husband Chauncey (Jr.), around the time my mother (Wendy) was born. The letters cover a span roughly between September 1948 and December 1953, and correspond to his time stateside with the Army, deployment to Korea, and return to the States.
As I’ve been unable to determine if Chet is still alive, or if he has any surviving family members, I’ll be transcribing those letters here occasionally, in “Chet Letters” posts.
Chet Letters – June 20, 1952
Pusan Betty & June, I’m here and all I can say is its no damn good for anything, you’ve got to see it to believe it. This mess is more senseless every…
Chet Letters – June 16, 1952
USNS Aiken Victory Betty & June & Wendy Here we are halfway between Pusan and Sasebo so we will be in Korea in the morning. It is damn awfully hot around Sasebo,…
Chet Letters – June 11, 1952
Dear kids: What the hell is the idea of opening the season so earl this year, too many fish in the lakes or what? B????? is lucky not going to Korea with…
Chet Letters – May 28. 1952
Dear Cooleys, I’m still at Camp Drake but we are shipping in the morning for another school down at Camp ??? wherever that is. So far we don’t know what the school…
Chet Letters – May 5, 1952
San Francisco, California Betty & June & Winkey: Long time since I’ve written? Well I am getting a new address in a few days so I thought I would pass it on…
Chet Letters – April 4, 1952
Fort Ord, California Hi kids: I’ll tell you now not to write until you get a new address from me or somebody else. I am shipping out tomorrow morning with a short…