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02-28-08, 04:21 PM #1
Soldier's letter arrives 56 years late
It was 1952 when Richard Lanshe mailed a letter to his parents from the base post office in Fulda, Germany.
It was 2008 when the package finally arrived in Wyomissing, Pa.
The Lanshes were long gone, but the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says a dedicated mail carrier tracked them down, and the long-lost letter arrived Saturday at the family home in Davie, Florida.
By then, the intended recipients were dead. The sender died almost a year ago. He was 76.
"My first reaction is joy," daughter Kathy Lanshe tells the paper. "It's one more opportunity to see fresh words and photos from my father. My second reaction is one of curiosity. I'd want to find out why it took 56 years to arrive. Where was it?"
The U.S. Postal Service says it has no idea why it took 56 years for the letter to go from Europe to Pennsylvania.
02-28-08, 04:36 PM #2
That's amazing, I can't even imagine how startling that must have been.
02-28-08, 06:22 PM #3
Wow...weird how it got lost for such a long amount of time, but kudos to the postman who dedicated himself or herself to delivering it now today.Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
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