Sunday, 29 September 2013
Wonders of the Post Office: Soldier's last letter to his daughter finally arrives - 70 years late
A letter from a soldier to his daughter has finally reached its destination - almost seven decades late.
John Eddington wrote to his child Peggy in 1944 while serving with the US army in Italy during the second world war. He never got to meet his daughter, having left for Europe before she was born, and being killed shortly afterwards.
But even though his letter wasn't delivered, it somehow survived, turning up 14 years ago in a box of memorabilia in a house in Montana. Only this week did it make it into the hands of its intended recipient, along with an assortment of Eddington's personal belongings, including his high school diploma and draft card.
"I love you so much," the letter says. "Your mother and daddy... are going to give you everything we can. We will always give you all the love we have."