More than 60 years after Army Sgt. Myron C. Cook mailed it, his letter to a Muskegon couple identified only on the yellowing, World War II-era envelope as “Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh” has turned up.
Whoever Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh are, they don’t live at 313 Washington Ave. in Muskegon. The address was vacant when carriers tried to deliver it, Muskegon Postmaster William Rowe told MLive/The Muskegon Chronicle.
Along with the vanishing soldiers from that era, the letter might have simply faded away in a dead letter pile. But it struck a chord with a carrier who had served in the Persian Gulf War, and he figured there was an interesting story behind it, the newspaper said.
The letter was originally postmarked in 1945 at the Army Post Office in New York, and a recent postmark traces it to Minneapolis in 2013. Rowe suspects someone may have recently returned the letter to the mail stream.
A still-intact vintage sealant on the envelope, addressed in the strong, cursive hand typical of the era, suggests the letter was never opened.
Rowe and other postal authorities don't plan to open it either. Instead, they want to solve the mystery, and get the letter in the hands of members of the Sensabaugh family, whoever and wherever they may be. Rowe is asking anyone with information that might help him do that to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Mullally, a World War II history buff who is documenting the war service records of Muskegon veterans, is also helping Rowe find relatives.