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|Postmaster seeks info on soldier's 1945 letter|
Ferriday Postmaster Beverly Chalmers is on a mission.
Chalmers is trying to find anyone who may know something about a letter written in 1945 from Staff Sgt. R.C. Covington in Germany to his wife, Mrs. R.C. Covington in St. Joseph, La.
Chalmers received a call from Jimmy Knapp, who discovered the letter, still inside the envelope, in his yard on Lake Concordia.
"The letter is still in good shape," Chalmers said. "Someone may have been cleaning out their house or attic or moving some stuff and it blew out of their car or truck. I called the postmasters in Newellton and St. Joseph, but they didn't know any Covingtons. Of course, we are talking 1945."
The letter is postmarked Oct. 9, 1945, three months after World War II ended.
The return address is from HC Btry. 307 FAB, which Thomas Warren of the Ferriday Post Office said was the military ID number.
"They use your Social Security number now," said Warren, who served in the Marines.
The letter is in care of APO 78 c/o PM NY, NY.
"Back then they brought the letters to New York," Chalmers said. "Now they have post offices on the bases."
In the letter, Covington talks about going to Berlin and asks about Cel and the baby. He informs his wife that new troops were arriving and that some were needed to drive military vehicles.
Chalmers said what makes the letter special to her is the fact it's four handwritten pages.
"You don't see that anymore," she said. "Now everything is e-mailed. This is something that can be passed around for the kids to read. It makes it a lot more emotional. I'm just hoping somebody knows something about this. Obviously, someone cherished it."
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