BELTON, Texas (KCEN) — When a Texas family moved into their new home, they found priceless letters from World War II in the wooden shed outside.
Samantha Pimentel found 50 letters post marked between 1940 and 1942.
As she delicately flipped through the old letters, she found a tattered newspaper clipping with a black and white photo. Suddenly there was a face to these letters.
Under the photo it read: “KILLED IN ACTION – PFC Otha E. Sims, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Sims of Nolanville, was killed in action in North Africa Sept. 18. He was a member of the former Belton National Guard Company.”
“It is amazing to me that somebody this young had to go through that much in his life at such an early age,” said Samantha holding his obituary. “I am thankful for him.”
For Samantha, the letters hit home. Her father and grandfather had both served in the military, and even though she did not know PFC Sims, she was grateful for his service. “He is a hero. He fought a hero. He died a hero, and he will remain a hero,” she said with tears in her eyes.
Now Pimentel has made it her mission to find a family member so she can pass along these memories.
“This was part of history,” she said. “I’m hoping to get these to a family member that will appreciate and cherish their background so they can go through the letters and stories and share them with generation after generation.”
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