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WWII Letter From Ky. Man Killed In Action Makes Its Way Home

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 18:24:53-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A World War II veteran from Lexington was surprised a few days before Veterans Day with a letter that was written in 1945 by his late brother, who was killed in action.

Bill McCord recalled how he found out that his brother, Lt. David McCord, was killed just months before the end of WWII.

“I got a letter from my father [saying] that he had been killed,” McCord told LEX 18.

In his hands, McCord held a letter from his brother — an artifact he didn’t know existed until recently.

Jenny Dicola, a West Virginia woman, found the letter at a local peddler’s mall a few months ago and she made it her mission to get it back to the family.

“I’m like, this is awful. This letter is here and this belonged to someone, and I wonder if he made it home and I wonder what happened to him,” explained Dicola.

The letter was written in 1945 and was addressed to Mrs. John McCord at Silvacola Farm in Lexington. Bill McCord says that’s the house they grew up in.

McCord says he is grateful to Dicola for returning the letter to him. It’s bittersweet, and he tells LEX 18 that he wonders how his life would have been different if his brother had returned from the war.

“We probably would have ended up as partners and raising Thoroughbred horses,” says McCord.