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‘Is She Still Alive’?

Milt Stafford, far left, is shown above w/orphan girl in Italy 70 years ago.

"One of the most compelling side stories I've stumbled upon while writing #WarBonds is this one," Facebooks Cindy Hval. "In this picture taken in Italy, 1944, you see Milt Stafford (of Post Falls) holding a little girl. Her parents had been killed by the Germans and she came to their camp begging for food. She had no family, so Milt and his buddy "adopted" her. They fed her, clothed her and when the shelling started (which it did most every day) they made sure she was in the foxhole with them. They never knew her name. She stayed with them as they battled through Italy, until they reached Milan, where Milt took her to the US Embassy and asked them to help her find a family. Recently, Milt covered his face with his hands and tears rolled down his cheeks. 'I never saw her again,' he said.'"But I think about her every day. I wonder, did she find a family? Is she alive?'" You can follow the Facebook page for "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation" here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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