Wallet lost in World War II returned to veteran

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MADERA COUNTY, Calif. — Seventy years ago, a World War II soldier lost his wallet.

Eligio Ramos, who now lives in Fresno, California, dropped the wallet while taking shelter during the war in an Austrian farmhouse back in 1945. He never expected to see it again.

Then, on June 18 of this year, a letter arrived. It was from Josef Ruckhofer, whose late grandfather owned that farmhouse where the soldiers hid. He had found the wallet while removing some old wooden planks. It was filled with dozens of old family photos. Ruckhofer searched for Ramos online based on his old Army I.D.

Ramos responded to the letter, and a few weeks later, the wallet arrived at his door, worn down, but still intact.

Ramos’ children say the photos and military documents will be put on display in their home for future generations to see.


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