It took 70 years, but a World War II Air Force veteran finally repaid his loan to the American Red Cross earlier this month.
Joseph L. Theurer, 88, of Harrisburg, Pa., mailed a $50 bill to the Hastings Tribune earlier this year with a note asking that the money be donated to the Red Cross to repay a loan he took out while stationed at Harvard Army Air Force Base following the conclusion of the war. When the cash didn’t turn up in the mail after several weeks, he sent a check, which was hand-delivered by a Tribune employee to the Red Cross last month.
Theurer took the loan in 1944 to visit his ailing stepfather. Because he missed a few pay days while on leave, he was unable to repay the loan in a timely manner.