War Bonds

A Soldier’s Note From the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years ago today, the Germans launched the last major offensive of  WWII. Known as the Battle of the Bulge, this battle lasted three weeks and resulted in a massive loss of American and civilian life.

Ray Stone was there. But his thoughts were on the wife he’d  left behind and the friends he was losing.Ray Stone 44 low res

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 34 of War Bonds, “Fireworks.”

In a V-Mail sent from Belgium during The Battle of the Bulge, Ray wrote: “I think about you always Betty. The feeling and the love I have for you have grown into something much deeper than small talk & sayings.”

The vagaries of fate haunted him. “I’m feeling plenty lucky,” he wrote, “because some of my former friends weren’t so lucky.”

Ray Stone died June 17, 2013

 

 

War Bonds

Long before e-mail, there was V-Mail

V-Mail from Ray, low resDuring WWII V-Mail (Victory Mail) was the primary way servicemen were able to communicate with their loved ones back home.
In this note, Ray Stone writes to his wife “I think about you always Betty. The feeling and the love I have for you has grown into something much deeper than small talk & sayings.”
He wrote this from Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

The horrors of war became most apparent to the young paratrooper when  he and his company liberated Camp Wobbelin in Germany. They found 1,000 dead– mostly Jews and another 3,000 dying prisoners in the compound.

Stone went on to become a lifelong educator, eventually serving as mayor of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and received the Raoul Wallenburg Award, as well as the Eisenhower Liberation Medal.

Ray and Betty Stone’s story is featured in a chapter titled, “Fireworks.”