LUSK - Postal clerk Bart Dorwart has been with the Lusk Post Office for about 17 years, but has never quite seen anything like this.
The post office recently uncovered a 58-year-old letter from U.S. Army post Fort Ord, Calif., postmarked in Monterey, Calif. on March 11, 1954. The letter was addressed to Hedy Carlson, who lived in Lusk.
Dorwart said the letter appears to have been discovered and opened at some point, and was taped back shut. The envelope is now yellowed with age and bearing a 6-cent postage stamp. Though the address the letter was meant for still exists, Carlson no longer lives in Lusk, Dorwart said.
The return address indicates the letter was from a member of the M Company of the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry at Fort Ord. Dorwart and editorial staff were not immediately able to read the name of the letter’s sender, however it may have belonged to Don Fullenwider of Gillette. Fullenwider died in December 2010 and, according to an obituary from the Gillette Memorial Chapel, was married to Hedy (Carlson) Fullenwider. Hedy, 77, had died about four months before Donald, also 77, according to Hedy’s obituary in the Rapid City Journal. Both are buried in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Cripple Creek, Colo.
Don was born in Poncha Springs, Colo. in 1933 and was one of four sons. He served as a paratrooper in the U.S Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Don and Hedy married in February 1955, and the couple lived in Rangely, Colo. before transferring to Gillette. Don worked in the oil and coal industries for about 40 years before retiring in 1996. He and Hedy were married for 55 years and had four children, Susie Lynch of Austin, Texas, Donnie Fullenwider of Gillette, Mark Fullenwider of Leadville, Colo. and Janis Fullenwider of Oviedo, Fla.
Fort Ord, Calif., began as a customs house, which still stands today, as proclaimed by Commodore John Drake in 1846. According to a proclamation from The White House, when the Fort Ord National Monument was established in April 2012, the area served as a military training ground from about 1917 to the early 1990s.
Those who have information about the found letter are encouraged to contact the Lusk Post Office at 307-334-3700 or visit or write to 116 West 3rd St., Lusk, Wyo. 82225.
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