The letter from the frontlines could have been written yesterday.
“Thank you for your sweet card. It made my miserable day a much better one but I don’t think I will ever forget the bloody fight we are having,” reads a handwritten note to Betty from Steve Flaherty of Columbia, S.C. “RPG rockets and machine guns really tore my rucksack.”
But this and other newly discovered letters written to “Betty,” “Mother” and “Mrs. Wyatt” weren’t sent from Afghanistan, or any other place where American servicemen are deployed now. They were penned more than 40 years ago before the author, who was with the 101st Airborne, was killed in the northern section of South Vietnam.Read story on NBCNews.com >