Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John K. Stoner Correspondence, 1941

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: John K. Stoner correspondence
Creator: Stoner, Louis H.
Inclusive dates: 1941
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
The John K. Stoner correspondence is made up of 6 letters that Stoner wrote to his family during the summer of 1941, while he completed United States Army Air Forces training at Hickam Field, Hawaii. He commented on aspects of military life and anticipated his return home.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2006. M-4519.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

John K. Stoner Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

John K. Stoner ("Jack") was around 1921 and lived with his parents, Louis and Anna, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After graduating from high school in 1939, he joined the United States Army Air Forces; in 1941, he finished his training at Hickam Field, Hawaii. Stoner was then assigned to the 72nd Bombardment Squadron.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The John K. Stoner correspondence is made up of 6 letters that Stoner wrote to his family during the summer of 1941, while he completed United States Army Air Forces training at Hickam Field, Hawaii. In April, he focused on finishing school and promised to send his parents his graduation picture and diploma. After finishing his studies, Stoner spent much of his time socializing with other soldiers, despite a brief stay in the base hospital. He reported on some aspects of life on a military base, such as his excitement about the arrival of several new B-17 bombers (May 17, 1941). Though he looked forward to his return to the United States, Stoner admitted a fondness for Hawaii. Stoner wrote each of his letters on stationery illustrated with scenes from daily life in Hawaii, including a surfer, a girl playing the ukulele, palm trees, and fish. One colorful image shows two planes crossing the Pacific Ocean, hopping from San Francisco to Hong Kong via Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, Guam, and Manila.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • B-17 bomber.
    • Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
    • Soldiers--Maryland.
    • United States. Army Air Forces--Military life.
    • United States--History--1939-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Transpacific flights.
    Contributors:
    • Stoner, John K.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   13, World War II Small Collections  
    John K. Stoner correspondence [series]
    Folder   38  
     April 20, 1941-September 17, 1941