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Robert S. Stewart letters

Robert S. Stewart letters, 1943-1946
Robert S. Stewart letters
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  • Letters, 1943-1946, of Robert S. Stewart (b. 1924) of Parker's Landing, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, to his parents and siblings while he was serving aboard the USS Kyne during World War II. Topics include his training at the naval training stations in Sampson, New York and Norfolk, Virginia, marching, drilling, meals, inspections, immunizations, guard duty, his health, attending lectures, and recreational activities. Stewart was then assigned to the USS Kyne, and the letters describe his travel to California for the ship's commissioning, and his orientation and training on board during its "shakedown." He also provides descriptions of Long Beach, Hollywood, and San Francisco while he is on liberty
  • Following this period, the letters describe his time at sea, including his duties, mail deliveries and censoring of letters, seasickness, and Stewart inquires about acquaintances back home, and family news. The USS Kyne provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. Stewart's letters were written while he was in Pearl Harbor, Manus, Guadalcanal, the Russell Islands, Guam, Peleliu, Ulithi Atoll, New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and Okinawa. Following the Japanese surrender, Stewart and his fellow crew were stationed in Tokoyo Harbor at Yokosuka, and he writes about the city and its inhabitants
  • The later letters were written during his return home via Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, the Panama Canal, and Philadelphia. Finally, Stewart was stationed at Green Cove Springs, Florida, where the USS Kyne was decommissioned, and Stewart was discharged from the Navy
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Robert S. Stewart was born on 29 April 1924 in Parker's Landing, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Harland Earl Stewart (1899-1972) and Lenora Mae Wood (1897-1976). Stewart served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Kyne during World War II. Afterwards, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and obtained a degree in electrical engineering. He then worked for Westinghouse and Carrier Corporations. Following his retirement, Stewart moved to Fishersville, Virginia.
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Robert S. Stewart letters
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Stewart, Robert S.
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cu. ft. (2 boxes)

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