WWII soldier's letter finally makes it to daughter

7 decades later

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.

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