A letter too late


When Sheila Polk, a WWII memorabilia collector, picked up “World War II on the Air: Edward R. Murrow and the Broadcasts that Riveted a Nation” from a Florida Goodwill store she did not know she would be part of the final chapter story on lost love.

According to Fox News, Polk found a sealed letter tucked in the back of the pages. The letter was from Sgt. Albert C. Alm Jr. to Pfc. Helen Rothurmel while they were at different stations during World War II.

At first, Polk left the letter sealed and tried to track down the pair. However, both had since passed away.

After discovering such, Polk opened the letter.

Though not much of the letter suggests it is a love letter, Polk is convinced it is. Alm had signed the letter “Love, Al.” The stationary also had a cartoon of two people sitting under a tree with the caption “don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.”

In his obituary, it said that Alm had served in the Army Air Force and was a lifelong member of the V.F.W. Post 9423. He worked as a salesman for Interstate Bakeries for 34 years. He never married.

Rothurmel was a member of the Women’s Army Corps. According to commenters on the NY Daily News, she married a different man Arthur Miney and had three children. They divorced in 1972.

She then moved to Lakeland, FL, near where the letter was found. Polk thinks that it could have finally reached her, but at that point did not want to reopen old wounds.

With both now deceased, Polk is just left with the letter and the question of whether things would have been different had the letter arrived in a timelier manner.