Feb 24, 2023

WWII Love Letters Hidden Behind Wall in New York Home Delivered to Family 80 Years Later

It is said that true love stands the test of time.

For Carol Bohlin of Tinmouth, Vermont, it’s her parents’ World War II-era love letters that proved indelible when they were gifted to her by a complete stranger who found them nearly 80 years after they were written. 

“I was really so surprised they found these,” Bohlin, 76, told Fox News Digital. 

“I never expected this.”

Bohlin, the daughter of Claude Marsten Smythe and Marie Borgal Smythe of Staten Island, New York, said she had no idea her parents had saved and hidden away their only means of communication while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

You could tell she opened them with care and cherished them,” Kearney said. “Everything was still intact. Nothing was smudged, nothing was discolored. They were pretty amazing.”

Kearney said she desperately wanted to return the letters to the family, but did not know how to track down the descendants of the couple.

“I couldn’t find any contact information, where I could send them or who they belonged to,” Kearney said. 

Twenty-eight years later, Kearney saw New York-based heirloom hunter Chelsey Brown, 30, on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” 

She realized she might have found someone who could help her locate the rightful owner of the World War II love letters. 

Brown, a New York-based interior decorator, has a passion for reuniting historical artifactswith long-lost family members.

Brown used her resources, including the database, to connect Kearney with one of Bohlin’s sons — and eventually with Bohlin herself.

“In the end, why did Carol’s parents hide those letters?” Brown said. 

“They wanted them to be found one day. Those letters were meant for Dottie [Kearney] to find.”

You can read more in an article by Gretchen Eichenberg published at:

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