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Family donates letter from Pearl Harbor sailor who died in attack

Posted at 7:26 AM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 09:26:15-04

An Illinois teenager and his mother donated a letter from a long-dead relative to a museum at Pearl Harbor.

Maxx Borlin’s great-great uncle – Orville Lester Rusher – died during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

A letter from Rusher to his sister arrived home just one day later. It said that he’d been discharged and was waiting for the paperwork to come through.

His family kept the letter for decades before deciding to donate it.

Maxx and his mom hand-delivered the letter to the memorial and also laid a wreath there.

Rusher’s remains still lie under the sea in the wreckage of the USS Arizona.