On­line plea brings big re­sponse

The New Zealand Herald - - World Briefing -

When Sue Morse asked on Face­book that friends send her fa­ther well­wishes for his De­cem­ber 30 birth­day, she ex­pected maybe 160 cards.

At 96, World War II vet­eran and Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ent Duane Sher­man has sur­vived most of his friends. His wife, Lois, died in 2011.

As of Jan­uary 9, Sher­man had re­ceived more than 50,000 let­ters at his home in Fuller­ton, Cal­i­for­nia. Birth­day cards and notes thank­ing Sher­man for his ser­vice have come from across the US and 10 coun­tries.

Notes from school stu­dents and prison in­mates are among the stacks. “I was amazed, shocked and ap­pre­cia­tive,” Sher­man said. “All the good com­ments peo­ple made, it just bright­ened my day.”

Pho­tos / AP

Sue Morse and her fa­ther Duane Sher­man and the boxes of let­ters he has re­ceived.

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