Kicker – A delayed delivery

MARY REICHARD, HOST: You’ve probably experienced some mail delays, especially of late. 

Well, last month Janice Tucker in Indiana received a letter from her brother who was stationed overseas with the military.

Tucker told television station WHAS all about it:

TUCKER: And it begins with “Hi sis, I just read your letter. Wow!”

He went on to describe a brush with death when he came under enemy fire.

TUCKER: When your aircraft starts becoming holey right before your eyes, strange things go through your head.

The thing is, when her brother wrote that letter, he was serving in Vietnam. It was 1968!

Her brother’s name is William Lone, and he’s still alive and well. After she got the letter, she called him up. He remembered writing it, even remembered putting a 5-cent stamp on the envelope. 

What she doesn’t know is how it wound up in her mailbox after 52 years. And she couldn’t be more grateful.

TUCKER: Thank you to whoever found this letter. Thank you to whoever sent it to me. But most of all, thank you to my brother. This letter just makes me want to honor him more.

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