World War II love letters delivered 70 years later

CHICAGO, IL (CNN) -- Love letters sent by a Navy man to a girl back home didn't arrive for a very long time. Now, nearly 70 years after they were sent, report the letters have finally reached the woman they were intended for.

Dorothy Bartos Carlberg has lived a full life. Recently, the 85-year-old dementia got a knock on the door and two letters dating back to 1945 were finally delivered to her, nearly 70 years after they were written.

Martha Rodriguez lives at this home in the 2700 block of South Kolin, where Dorothy lived as a teen. It was during that time Dorothy wrote back and forth to a World War II Navy man stationed in San Diego.

Somehow, two of his letters just surfaced, dropped in the mail, and delivered to Dorothy's old address two weeks ago, where they've been in the care of Rodriguez. She said, "You know, it's been lost for 70 years, but I wasn't going to stop until I found her."

But it seems these letters jogged some old memories for Dorothy. She said, "Yeah, we were friends, but we weren't hanky-panky or anything."

Five years after these letter were written, Dorothy went on to marry an Army man. She lived and loved her husband, Victor Carlberg, until his death two years ago. Now, Dorothy's five children say this whole experience is proving mind-boggling. Her daughter Sandy Jacobson the most surprising thing about all this is, "I guess the fact that she had a whole other life that we weren't aware of, and who knows what would have happened if she had received all of them."


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