It was only fitting that it happened on Memorial Day weekend.
On May 25, two children of a World War II veteran were presented with 250 letters their father, Eural Harvill, and his brother had written to their parents during the war. Harvill’s daughter, Teri Winnett, said it was the “perfect way” to spend that holiday weekend.
Standing behind the scenes during the ceremony was Doug Eaton, a 1976 graduate of Pittsburg State University. Eaton was instrumental in returning the letters after they were recently discovered inside an old hatbox purchased at an estate sale.
“As I started to go through the letters, I realized that someone from the families of the two brother-veterans really should have the letters,” Eaton said. “It’s important that the family knows about that part of their history.”
After many phone calls, e-mails and text messages, Eaton made contact with Winnett and her brother, Mike Harvill. They were more than excited to travel to Drumright, Okla., to retrieve the letters.
Eaton, the author of “Letters from Walter,” will be at Hastings in Pittsburg from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 21 for a book signing event.