The collection consists of correspondence and post cards from Robert E. Dibble (Bob) to his mother while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, 12th Regiment, Great Lakes, IL (1943), and while at the Naval Air Technical Training centers in Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma (1944). These letters include references to security measures enforced in classrooms due to the sensitive nature of code and semaphore practices. Dibble trained in gunnery and radio aviation, including the actual construction of a radio while attending one of the schools.
Dibble graduated from the Naval Air Station in DeLand, FL (1945), and was stationed in Jacksonville, FL. Letters from this phase of his career elaborate on training schedules, classroom procedures, liberty, descriptions of training facilities, vaccinations, war bonds and pay, materials shortages, difficulties between Northerners and Southerners, and personal relationships.
Also included in this collection are letters and post cards from Dibble's brother James, who was stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA. These letters pertain to liberty, duty, pay, change of boot training camp location, and his trip to California.
There is also correspondence concerning the Portland, FL, family history of Mavis Pitts (a girl Dibble dated), including her mother's work experience and education.