WWII Love Letter Finally Returned To Veteran 72 Years Later
Back in May, 1945, Virginia Christoffersen, a United Service Organizations volunteer, wrote a love letter to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen, who was in service with the allies as a Norwegian Navy sailor. The love letter didn’t reach its intended target being, however, stamped as “Refused” and then returned to Virgina.
But as fate would have it, the love letter did finally manage to reach its intended recipient, some 72 years after it was written. “I love you, Rolf, as I love the warm sun,” Virginia wrote. “[T]hat is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me.”
After moving into her new home in New Jersey, Melissa Fahy began doing some renovations. But soon after she started, Fahy came across an old, yellowing envelope hidden in a crack under the attic stairs. If it was put there on purpose, or if it slipped and found its way there on its own, nobody knows. Nevertheless, the new owner of the house found it just sitting there for decades.
“When I read it, I just couldn’t believe the love and admiration she had for her husband,” Fahy said. “It was really sweet to see that long-distance love. You didn’t have texting, you didn’t have email.”
As it turned out, Virginia was pregnant at the time she wrote the love letter to her husband.
“I feel wonderful and the doctor says everything is perfectly alright and normal so far,” she wrote to her husband. She also playfully goes on saying to “please be a very good boy and stay away from the rum-and-coca-cola!”
After she read it, Fahy decided to track the old owners of the house down, the Christoffersens. She wrote about it on Facebook, and soon enough people on the internet identified the couple’s son, who is also named Rolf. When he was informed about Fahy’s discovery, he immediately called his dad and read him the letter.
Rolf Sr, now 96-years-old, currently lives in California and his wife Virginia died six years ago. “I was so surprised after all these years,” he said. “I was very happy to find out that a letter like that existed. I am still very emotional.”
As it turns out, Virgina wrote to her husband often while he was overseas, but many of her letters were lost after they moved to California back in 1959.