WWII Letter Finally Arrives

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 3:22pm

Mystery surrounds envelope lost in transit for 66 years.

A letter to a woman at California's Camp Roberts was delivered last month, 66 years after it was postmarked.

The World War II-era letter has a postmark from Montgomery, Alabama and was sent on August 9, 1944 at 6:30 p.m.

That much is known, but whom it's for, who wrote it and what's happened to them is a mystery.

The letter is addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher at the American Red Cross Hospital at Camp Roberts.

The building was torn down decades ago according to Gary McMaster, the curator of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.

Camp Roberts was closed in 1970 and is used for National Guard training now.

The envelope is torn where the return address is normally located, but the letter is otherwise sealed.

McMaster says someone at the San Miguel Post Office contacted him February 16th and said the letter came through the mail.

He also says they aren't opening it yet because they want to respect the privacy of both the sender and the intended recipient.

From the tear, however, the letter looks to be about three or four pages long and handwritten, front and back.

McMaster contacted an Alabama newspaper to write an article on the letter in the hopes of finding some information.

He says if he hasn't heard anything by the end of next week, he will open the letter in the hopes of tracking down just who sent it and who it's for.
 

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