The Postal Service delivered a letter that former U.S. Army Sgt. John Gonsalves, wrote in 1945 to his mother from Bad Orb, in central Germany, where he was stationed after the end of World War II.
Local media reported that Gonsalves, then 22 years old, wrote to his mother, Angelina Pestana Gonsalves, on December 6, 1945, and the Postal Service located in December 2021 the widow Angelina “Jean” Gonsalves.
“Beloved mother. I received another letter from you today and I am happy to hear that everything is fine, ”wrote the sergeant. “As for me, I’m having a good time. When it comes to food, most of the time it’s pretty bad. “
Woburn, Massachusetts television station WFXT indicated that the letter had remained at a mail delivery facility in Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania.
John Gonsalves was born on August 4, 1923 and died on September 13, 2005. His mother passed away on April 29, 1976.
On December 9, Angelina “Jean” opened a letter sent by the man with whom she was married for 61 years but whom she had not met as the soldier who had written the letter 5 years before the wedding.
“I couldn’t believe it,” the widow told television. It was his handwriting. It was so wonderful. “
The Postal Service included a note in the package: “We don’t know for sure where this letter has been for more than seven decades, but it reached our office six weeks ago.”
“Due to the years and the importance of your family history it is extremely important for us to deliver this letter to you,” the note added.
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