Postcard brings memories, friendship for Hattiesburg men (Pennsylvania)

Pine Belt residents Hugh Garraway and Bob Helfrich shared a common bond from many years ago, but neither realized it until Garraway found a postcard when going through his old ham radio equipment.

The date was March 27, 1964. It was Good Friday.

Helfrich, a boy of 10, was living in Yakutat, Alaska. Garraway, a 15-year-old ham radio operator, was living in Hattiesburg.

An earthquake — the largest ever recorded in the United States — was of a 9.2 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least 139 people were killed, most of them in the ensuing tsunami, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Helfrich family, like many others in Alaska, were fine but had no way of letting their family in the Lower 48 know.

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