Video: Lost WWII letter finally delivered

updated 3/4/2011 2:00:33 PM ET 2011-03-04T19:00:33

A World War II-era letter addressed to a woman at a Red Cross hospital in California has been delivered more than 66 years after it was postmarked in Alabama, but the mystery of the message remains.

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The letter, postmarked Aug. 9, 1944, in Montgomery, is addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher, American Red Cross Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, Calif. That building was torn down years ago. Women who worked at the hospital were typically nurses or administrative clerks.

Camp Roberts was closed in 1970, so the letter was delivered to the Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Curator Gary McMaster says he hasn't opened the letter for privacy reasons.

The envelope is torn where the return address would be located, so it's not clear who sent it. But the tear reveals a handwritten letter inside.

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