A WWII sailor penned a love letter to his crush. Seventy years later, she finally read it.
Martha Rodriguez received an odd bundle of letters in her mailbox. The tattered and old looking envelopes were addressed to Dorothy Bartos, a name that wasn’t familiar to her or to anyone in her family.
Searching for hints at who they could be for, Martha looked at the time stamp on the envelopes. The mysterious letters were dated all the way back to 1945. She was shocked. Had the letters really just arrived after nearly 70 years?
“Every time I would read the letters, I would cry,” Martha said. “I was trying to hold myself together.”
The woman handed them over to the Chicago Tribune, in hopes of finding the long lost recipient. Posted in the story was Martha’s address and a photo of the two letters. Sure enough, the plan worked. Dorothy Bartos’ son noticed his mother’s name and previous address in the article.
Dorothy Bartos, now an 85-year-old with dementia, still remembered the sailor that wrote the note. She met Al Fragakis as a young teenager in Chicago before the man left for duty. The pair had agreed to keep in touch, writing back and forth over five years.
In an assisted living facility seventy years later, Dorothy was brought right back to 1945. The first words, “Dear Buggs” reminded the woman of her forgotten nickname. Funnily enough, the man goes on to tell Dorothy he always regretted the fact he didn’t go in for a kiss at the end of their only date.
Dorothy admit, she “always loved a man in uniform.”
See the elderly woman’s surprise for yourself in the video below!