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WWII letter discovered in old car manual box will be returned to family 70 years later

May 14, 2019 06:26 PM

The surprising discovery of a letter written more than 70 years ago is about to make its way back to a military family.

Dayton car repair shop owner Tim Huttner found the letter written by the War Department in a box of old car manuals. 

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The letter was sent to the family of Staff Sgt. Leroy Halden of Isanti back in 1947, telling them their son was buried in Belgium. 

Halden was killed fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

His remains were later moved to Fort Snelling Cemetery. 

Using Facebook, Huttner was able to track down Halden's family members in Indiana and will return the letter this weekend.


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"I wanted to make sure these people got their history, their family, their portion of what they lost and gave to this country back to them," Huttner said. "This guy died for us. The least I could do is spend some fuel for him."

KSTP was told Halden's parents originally recieved the letter in the 1940's, but it remains a mystery of how it ended up in a box of old car manuals. 

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