IRELAND: Found & Lost

Staring lonesomely at the tossing Atlantic from the rail of a Liberty ship, Medical Corpsman Frank Hayostek felt a small notion growing big inside him. Why not? said the notion.

Frank went below to his bunk and wrote a note. "Dear Finder," it said. "I am an American soldier . .. 21 years old . . . just a plain American of no wealth, but just enough to get along with. This is my third Christmas from home . . . God bless you." He added his address—184 Iron Street, Johnstown, Pa.—stuffed the note into a small aspirin bottle, corked...

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