RENO, Nev. (AP) — A World War II soldier's heartfelt letter to his daughter has finally reached her hands, seven decades later.
Peggy Eddington-Smith was presented the letter penned by her father, Pfc. John Eddington, as well as his Purple Heart, during a ceremony Saturday in Dayton, Nev., 40 miles southeast of Reno.
The father she never met wrote the three-page letter shortly after she was born and shortly before he died in Italy in June 1944.
Donna Gregory of St. Louis found the World War II memorabilia in a box 14 years ago while helping her then-husband clean out his grandparents' home in Arnold, Mo.
Eddington, who was from Leadwood, Mo., wrote that he loved his daughter and her mother.
The 69-year-old Eddington-Smith says the letter made her feel close to her father.