USPS Delivers WWII Soldier’s Letter 76 Year Late, Widow Says ‘It’s Like He Came Back to Me’

American Army Sgt. John Gonsalves was 22 years old serving in Germany following the end of World War II when he wrote a letter to his mother, who was living in Massachusetts in 1945.

The United States Postal Service just delivered the letter to his family — 76 years later. Gonsalves’ widow, Angelina “Jean” Gonsalves, 89, was shocked when the mail carrier dropped off the letter at her Woburn, Massachusetts home. 

The letter featured a six-cent stamp and had been forwarded from a mail facility in Pittsburgh. It was addressed to John Gonsalves’ mother, who also happened to be named Angelina, but had long been deceased. 

Gonsalves said her husband died in 2015 at the age of 92. Seeing his handwriting was like time-traveling. “Way, way back in time,” she said of the letter that she received on Dec. 9. “Seventy-six years! I could hardly believe it when I looked at the date. For a letter from Johnny to suddenly show up out of nowhere was amazing.”

The letter was dated Dec. 6, 1945 and was sent from Bad Orb, Germany, an area near a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp that had been liberated by American troops.

“Dear Mom — Received another letter from you today and was happy to hear that everything is okay,” it began. “As for myself, I’m fine and getting along okay. But as far as the food, it’s pretty lousy most of the time.” 

He then wrote about the gloomy weather in Germany, and that he thought he would be home in late January or early February. The postscript said: “I’ll be seeing you – soon, I hope.”

Gonsalves was married to her husband for 61 years. “I smiled when I saw his beautiful handwriting,” she said. “I always loved how he wrote his E’s.”

Her mail carrier was eager to deliver the letter last month. “The mailman asked if my husband had been in the service, and I told him yes, but I didn’t know him then,” she said. “He said he thought the letter was something personal for me and he was really happy to give me the letter as priority mail.”

There was also a letter from a USPS worker, explaining they were unsure how the letter was undelivered for more than seven decades. 

“By virtue of some dedicated sleuth work by postal workers at this facility, we were able to determine your address, hence this letter delivery to you, albeit 76 years late.

“Due to the age and significance to your family history delivering this letter was of utmost importance to us,” added the worker.

“They’re just not sure what happened, and I guess it really doesn’t matter,” said Gonsalves. “I’m just so happy to have it. I would have been 13 when John wrote it.”

Image source: Stripes

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