Ernest “Pebble” Stone was in his early 20s and a long way from home when he fought in World War II’s Pacific theater. After the war, he returned home, married (his wife was longtime art teacher Helen Stone) and remained in Canton until his death in 1970.
With the 58th Fighter Group, Stone was in New Guinea and New Zealand in the summer of 1944. In this letter to his parents — courtesy the Cherokee County Historical Society — he describes the foreign countries and how some parts remind him of home: creeks that are like those in the Great Smoky Mountains and places where “houses are planted in practically the same fashion as some of the Georgia corn is planted.”
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Photos courtesy Cherokee County Historical Society