WWII soldier’s moving letter to his mother is delivered to his widow just ahead of Christmas — 76 years after it was sent

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A World War II soldier’s letter to his mother arrived 76 years late — and was delivered to his widow instead.

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Just 22 years old and stationed in Germany during World War II, Army Sergeant John Gonsalves wrote a letter to his mother telling her that he hoped to see her soon.

John’s letter, however, never reached his mother in Woburn, Massachusetts, and instead was lost in the mail for what he likely believed would be forever.

His wife, Angelina, received an incredible surprise on Dec. 9 when she received a letter from her husband — who died in 2015 — just before Christmas.

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The letter, penned on Dec. 6, 1945, read, “Dear Mom, Received another letter from you today and was happy to hear that everything is okay. As for myself, I’m fine and getting along okay. But as for the food, it’s pretty lousy most all the time.”

John signed the letter, “Love and kisses, Your son Johnny. I’ll be seeing you soon, I hope.”

“I love it,” Angelina told WBZ-TV. “I love it. When I think that it’s all his words, I can’t believe it. … We were good together. I had a good life, I really did. It was wonderful.”

The letter arrived along with a handwritten letter from employees at the U.S. Postal Service.

“We are uncertain where this letter has been for the past seven-plus decades, but it arrived at our facility approximately six weeks ago,” the letter read. “Due to the age and significance to your family history … delivering this letter was of utmost importance to us.”

Angelina said that the two were married for 61 years and had five sons together.

“He was a good man,” she added. “He really was. Everybody loved him.”

Angelina said that though she’s spent several Christmases without him since his 2015 death, a piece of him really came home to her this year.

“It’s like he came back to me, you know?” she added.

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Letter Written By WWII Soldier Arrives In Woburn 76 Years Later


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