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Wallet lost in World War II returned to veteran 70 years later

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-08 06:35:39-04

Madera County, Calif. — Seventy years ago, Eligio Ramos lost his wallet during World War II.

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

Then, on June 18th of this year, a letter arrived from Dr. Josef Ruckhofer. Ruckhofer’s 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, battered, but still intact.

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