Queensbury woman hopes to return found letters to family of WWII soldier

Mark Mulholland
Updated: December 20, 2019 07:02 PM
Created: December 20, 2019 06:08 PM

QUEENSBURY -  Rachel Seeber-Conine made a spontaneous decision to buy some stamps and inadvertently ended up with a firsthand account of a soldier's life serving in Europe during World War II.

"This morning I had some real excitement," Seeber-Conine reads from some of the hundreds of letters written by William M. Wilson of Norwich New York, while he was serving in the Army Air Force in Italy in the 1940s.

Seeber-Conine, of Queensbury, stumbled upon the letters when she made a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a stamp collection at an antique shop in Essex, Massachusetts.

The letters were tucked inside the boxes of stamps and provide an invaluable glimpse into the life of a soldier serving a half a world away from his family.

"You're kind of transported back into this era," Seeber-Conine said Friday.  "The things he saw for the first times, the type of food he ate, the experiences he had, when he would fly, what the plane was like - it was just this amazing story about his life."

The boxes even contained report cards and a picture of a 4-year-old William next to his brother, Ted.

She figures Wilson has family still living and has made calls, trying to track down any relatives, but so far hasn't had any luck.

"I would love to return this amazing story of his life," said Seeber-Conine." They are amazing letters and Lifetime or Hallmark could do an incredible movie on it."

A self-described romantic who cherishes her own family's letters, Seeber-Conine is grateful to have found the letters and hopes that one day they'll be reunited with his family.

"You'd give a million dollars to hear someone's voice who has passed. You can almost hear them in these letters."

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