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Intended recipient of lost WWII letter found

The recipient of a World War II letter lost for nearly 67 years has been found — and the missive from her brother is on its way to the 90-year-old Miss. R.T. Fletcher.
/ Source: KSBY-TV

The recipient of a World War II letter lost for nearly 67 years has been found.

The story made international news last week after Camp Roberts in California received the letter, sent and postmarked at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, 1944, from Montgomery, Ala.

But who sent it and who it was for remained a mystery — just like the question of where it had been for so long.

It was addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher at the American Red Cross Hospital at Camp Roberts.

The hospital has long been torn down; Gary McMaster, the curator of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum, estimated it's been 20 or 30 years since it was open.

And that's where the trail ended.

McMaster says all mail for the base goes through the San Miguel Post Office, and that's where the letter turned up last month with the normal mail load.

"Where was it sitting for 67 years, and why did it take so long to get across the country?" McMaster asked. "We don't know. That's part of the mystery."

The sender's address is ripped off of the envelope, and the camp didn't open the letter for privacy reasons.

It turns out the letter was sent by Fletcher's brother, who was stationed at Camp Maxwell in Montgomery.

Fletcher, 90, now lives on the East Coast but doesn't want to disclose where.

McMaster says Fletcher's daughter got ahold of him after hearing the news reports and sent a handwriting sample of her uncle's, which matched the envelope.

McMaster says Fletcher's brother has since passed away; he sent her the unopened letter Monday.