Some mail sent to sailors aboard the USS Harry S. Truman was lost at sea

Norfolk, Va. – If you sent mail to a loved one aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman between late October and mid-November there’s a chance it did not arrive.

Captain Bob Roth posted on the carrier’s Facebook page Thursday that two boxes of mail sent from the U.S. to the ship were lost at sea when downwash from a helicopter rotor blew them overboard.

Sadly, Keshawnda Morrow has heard about mail getting lost before.

“I`m actually in the Navy and my family has sent me stuff that got lost, and it is frustrating because you saw me I took a long time packing that up,” says Morrow.

Keshawnda is glad she waited until today to send her brother and sister — both on the USS Truman their Christmas presents.

“I was mailing them snacks, books, stuff that they really needed because they want be home for Christmas and I wanted to surprise them because it will be like a piece of home.”

Keshawnda got her packages insured — and hopefully if your mail was in the boxes blown overboard you had insurance.

Priority mail is automatically insured up to $50 so whether you are covered there or bought insurance you have to wait 45 days from the postmark date to fill out a form and file a claim. You can get the form from any post office.

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The Navy estimates about 200 pounds of mail were in the boxes. With the increase in holiday mail, the ship receives about 19,600 pounds of mail per week.

There is a 45 day waiting period from postmark date to file a claim with the U.S. Postal service over lost mail. To make a claim the mail must have been insured. Form 1000 is available in any continental U.S. Post Office.

5 comments

  • mark

    Hem, that’s tough one as there is an official hand-off procedure where you can screw several pooches, even end up in jail for mishandling mail. I see numerous fingers pointing to the navy for accountability on this one…

  • Larry Thomas

    Being in the Military, I can assure you that only half of any mail sent abroad ever makes it your loved one. I have been in for many years and be in many places. Only half my mail has ever made it to or from me using USPS. They are the worst at delivery of mail, and they only get worse and more expensive every year.

    • David

      I guess you have had problems, God only knows how many times something like this has happened only to get blamed on the USPS..

  • Justyna McBurney

    So very sorry ANY mail was lost. I know how vital it is for our deployed folks to hear from home. I do give thanks that no lives were lost or sent into the sea during this incident. Keep up the great work – I for one – along with countless others – so appreciate your service!

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