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ROBERT TRUMBULL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/30/1972 - HFSID 206130

ROBERT TRUMBULL The veteran New York Times reporter writes to a class of Texas schoolchildren who enjoyed his true World War II survival story, The Raft. Typed Letter signed: "Robert Trumbull", 1 page, 8x10¼. Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia, 1972 October 30.

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ROBERT TRUMBULL
The veteran New York Times reporter writes to a class of Texas schoolchildren who enjoyed his true World War II survival story, The Raft.
Typed Letter signed: "Robert Trumbull", 1 page, 8x10¼. Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia, 1972 October 30. On his letterhead as Chief, South Pacific Bureau, The New York Times to J. L. Pruett, Clute, Texas. In full: "I am delighted and touched to learn that The Raft, written so long ago, gave pleasure to your class. I am honored that the students were interested enough to raise questions about the book, and I take pleasure in replying. I trust you will forgive the delay in answering, as I did not receive your letter until I returned to Sydney after a six-week trip through the Fiji islands, Samoa and Hawaii, as part of my job covering the South Pacific countries for The New York Times. I often fly over the waters where Dixon, Pastula and Aldrich journeyed in the raft, but it is much more comfortable to do it my way. My last report on the three men a few years ago had Dixon living in retirement in San Diego, California, and Pastula and Aldrich both working in the same aircraft factory somewhere in California. I understand that Aldrich married Pastula's sister. Dixon would be 72 now, the younger men just turning 50 or so. I do not know if the class read the edition for which I did an addition revealing the identity of the island where the raft finally landed, which I was prevented from putting in the book during the war for security reasons. If they did not see that particular edition, they might be interested to learn that the island was in the atoll called Puka Puka, Cook Islands, a self-governing dependency of New Zealand. I have met people from Puka Puka, but have never seen the place. You will find it on the map northeast of Samoa, just south of the 10th Parallel of South Latitiude. Thank you for writing. I am very proud of the letter. Sincerely". Robert Trumbull (1912-1992) became a New York Times correspondent shortly after Pearl Harbor. The Raft (1942), described the survival epic of three men adrift with little equipment on a rubber raft for 35 days in the Pacific in the early days of the war. Trumbull later reported under fire from Iwo Jima, and was on the deck of the battleship Missouri on the day Japan surrendered. He interviewed Ho Chi Minh in 1946, covered Gandhi's assassination from the scene, and wrote several books about Asia and the Pacific region, becoming the Times Bureau Chief for the South Pacific. Corners lightly worn. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.

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