World War II letter discovered after nearly 70 years

Online detective work led to San Diego woman

SAN DIEGO - "We would have never known … never … this is just wonderful," said Pam Bitterman of Pacific Beach as she held a letter her uncle had written to her mother during the war.

"Dewey was the big brother," said Bitterman. "He and my mother Harriet were very close."

Dewey Jacobs wrote the letter to his sister while in the Army in Okinawa. It was Harriet's 19th birthday and it was written in July 1944.

"'On this 19th birthday, I know I cannot be with you longer but at least we've shared a few moments,'" Pam Bitterman quoted from the letter, which was found quite by accident.  

"I like to go to estate sales," said Lisa Lynde, who just happen to be in Michigan when she spotted a bureau dresser that once belonged to Pam's mother Harriet and then given to Pam's sister who died this year of ovarian cancer.  

Lynde said, "I thought the dresser had been cleaned out but when I put the drawers back in the letter popped out.

It then became her quest to return it.  

"I used my computer and the obituaries which ultimately led me to Dewey's son and eventually to Pam in San Diego," she said.

With the letter in hand, Bitterman said it feels like it has come full circle.

"If my mother were alive she would have said it was meant to be that this letter was found," she said.

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