91-Year-Old WWII Veteran Gets Back Item He Lost During WWII

Eligio Ramos is a 91-year-old Army veteran who lost his wallet while serving in the 250th field artillery in World War II. While cleaning out a farmhouse owned by his grandfather, Dr. Josef Ruckhofer, and eye doctor in Salzburg found the wallet. It was 70 years ago when Ruckhofer's grandfather offered the farmhouse to Ramos and his comrades to stay the night as they liberated prisoners from village to village. While the Third Reich was falling, Ramos accidentally left his wallet behind that was filled with sentimental family photos.

Thankfully, the wallet also had Ramos' military ID--which, Ruckhofer used to track him all the way to Fresno, California. Ruckhofer wrote Ramos a letter, offering to send it back. Ramo's daughter Sylvia Gonzalez said "I was having breakfast at home with my dad like our usual routine three days out of the week, and I was reading through the mail when I stumbled on the letter. I said 'Dad! Look! Somebody found your wallet you lost in 1945 in Austria.'" Ramos had forgotten about the lost wallet and was excited to get it back. It finally arrived in June, where family members gathered to see the wallet with pictures inside.

Ramos's son Rosando said "He had a ton of pictures in his wallet in case he didn't make it back. He wanted to have his family with him in his heart." Ramos is the only surviving member of his battalion--a group that saw the horrors at the Dachau concentration camp. The family will now frame the wallet and photos as keepsakes for younger generations.

Photo: Chauvet Dreams

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

President Trump needed just one short tweet on Monday to express his feelings on healthcare. In it, he managed to bash the Affordable Care Act,...

A school responded to controversy between students with a ban, and that ban has created an even bigger controversy of its own.

A high...

A group of friends on an animal preserve came across a baby elephant. One man sat down and the elephant took an instant liking to him. Next thing...

President Elect Donald Trump proudly tweeted that ‘Bikers for Trump are on their way' to take part in his inauguration. The group plans to help...

Americans should be permitted to carry guns into any public place, including movie theaters, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday.

“I...

Latest News Stories

Photos have surfaced of a physical altercation between actress Lindsay Lohan and her Russian fiance Egor Tarabasov during their vacation to...

An eight-year-old girl had a traumatic attack in a restaurant bathroom and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital. There have been some...

A cab driver came home to find a strange man trying to rape his wife and cousin. He chased the man out and the two fought. The culprit got hit in...

President Donald Trump’s decision to wish FBI director James Comey well in his future endeavors has sparked a firestorm in the nation’s capital....

Anyone that drives with some regularity knows that the roads are a perilous place. Beyond the obvious dangers inherent in massive chunks of metal...