1944 letter finally headed to intended recipient

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 11:07 AM
1944 letter finally headed to intended recipient

A World War II-era letter mailed to a soldier's sister at a Red Cross hospital is finally headed for its intended recipient.

The letter was postmarked from Montgomery on Aug. 9, 1944, and addressed to a Miss R.T. Fletcher at an American Red Cross hospital at Camp Roberts, Calif. There was no return address.

It was delivered in February to the camp's historical museum. The postal service couldn't explain what delayed the letter.

The story received worldwide publicity after the museum contacted the Montgomery Advertiser.

The newspaper reported Friday that Fletcher's daughter had come forward. She said her mother, who is 90, was a Red Cross volunteer at the hospital.

The letter was from Fletcher's brother, who has died. The daughter plans to hand-deliver the letter to her mother.