Sixty-nine years of knowing nothing … and now the daughter of a fallen World War II soldier knows more about her farther than she’d ever known before.
Peggy Eddington-Smith received a heartfelt letter penned by her father, Pfc. (Private First Class) John Eddington, in addition to his Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals during an emotional ceremony in Dayton, Nevada Saturday. (Via KOLO)
Eddington-Smith never met her father and knew very little of him. John was killed in combat in Italy in 1944 when she was just four months old. Prior to his death he wrote his new baby girl a love letter. (Via Las Vegas Review - Journal)
But that letter never made it to Eddington-Smith. Instead, it and the medals ended up in a box in the basement of a Missouri home.
It’s unknown how they wound up there, but no one knew of their existence until Donna Gregory found the mementos and set out on a mission to find the fallen soldier's daughter.
“I believed that her father loved her so much and she deserved to know that.” (Via KTVN)
It’s a delivery Gregory has been waiting to make for 14 years … and one Peggy is more than grateful for.
“For some stranger to do that and from my hometown, I don’t have the words for her … From my heart, thank you for bringing this home.” (Via KRNV)
John will no longer be a mystery to this family. Peggy says her dad’s scrapbook and his military awards will be passed down through her family for generations to come.