WWII Veteran Receives 50,000 Birthday Cards After Daughter’s Plea Goes Viral
A World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient has received over 50,000 cards for his 96th birthday after his daughter’s plea on social media went viral.
Sue Morse recently posted a message on Facebook asking her friends to send birthday wishes to her veteran father, Duane Sherman, whom she wanted to make feel special for his Dec. 30 birthday.
Expecting maybe 160 cards, Morse was shocked when over 50,000 cards and letters poured in from all 50 states and 10 countries, thanking her father for his service and wishing him a happy birthday.
The Secretary of the Navy sent a letter, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I was amazed, shocked and appreciative,” Sherman told the Orange County Register. “All the good comments people made, it just brightened my day.”
The mail also brought gifts of mementos such as an American flag that flew over Pearl Harbor, a scale model of a battleship and a plaque carved out of wood from the U.S.S. Constitution.
The rock band Foreigner sent a signed double CD.
Sherman even received a card sent from a family living in a motel after losing their home in the Paradise fires.
“It was very gratifying,” Sherman said. “It was hard to believe.”
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