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Kicker - Better late than never


WORLD Radio - Kicker - Better late than never

Woman receives letter her husband mailed 76 years earlier

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NICK EICHER, HOST: Plenty of people have been receiving their mail a little bit late these days, but I don’t think we can blame this one on the pandemic.

Angelina Gonsalves—she goes by Jean. She just recently received a letter that her late husband mailed a long, long time ago.

Seventy-six years ago, to be exact.

Army sergeant John Gonsalves died in 2015. He was a World War II vet.

He wrote this letter when he was just a 22-year-old soldier—wrote it from Germany, mailed it to his mom, of course she never received it.

His wife just did.

Here’s her reaction, Jean Gonsalves. The audio from CBS Boston WBZ.

GONSALVES: I love it. I love it. And when I think that it’s all his words, I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful. And I feel like I have him here with me.

The letter turned up in her mailbox with a handwritten note from post office workers. It said “Due to the age and significance to your family history ... delivering this letter was of utmost importance to us.”

File that one under 'way better late than never!'

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