FRESNO, Ca. (WTNH)– A 91 year old Army veteran has recently been reunited with a wallet he lost 70 years ago while serving in World War II.
Eligio Ramos had completely forget about the wallet until a letter arrived at his Fresno, California home on June 18.
“I was having breakfast at home with my dad like our usual routine three days out of the week, and I was reading through the mail when I stumbled upon the letter, ” Ramos’ daughter Sylvia Gonzalez told ABC News Thursday. “I said, ‘Dad! Look! Somebody found your wallet you lost in 1945 in Austria.”
The letter was from Dr. Josef Ruckhofer, a eye doctor in Salzburg, Austria, informing Ramos that while cleaning out his family’s farmhouse, he found the wallet. According to VA public affairs specialist Carmichael Yepez, during the war, Dr. Ruckhofer’s grandfather allowed Ramos and the 250th field artillery stay the night in the farmhouse. At the time, the artillery was traveling from village to village liberating people from concentration camps.
Before leaving, Ramos left the wallet under a floorboard.
Inside the wallet, there were many photos of family members, Ramos’ military ID and money order receipts. A reunion celebration was held at the Fresno VA hospital.
“Everything in the wallet is of sentimental value,” Ramos’ son Rosando Ramos said at the celebration. “He had a ton of pictures in his wallet in case he didn’t make it back. He wanted to have his family with him in his heart.”