Good Samaritan returns love letters written nearly 70 years ago

Posted: Updated:
TINTON FALLS -

A Monmouth County woman has been reunited with dozens of love letters her father wrote her mother in the 1950s thanks to the kindness of a good Samaritan.

Carol Cuttler says that her father Don write the letters to his wife, Cuttler’s mother, while he was stationed in Japan while in the Army in the early 1950s. There were 65 letters in all.

“He wrote every single day…just day, after day, after day when he was in Japan. Many of them were written, ‘301 more days to go. 270 more days to go until I get home,’” Cuttler says.

Cuttler says that she did not even know that the letters existed until a few weeks ago when she received a message Bonnie Hanlon - from a complete stranger.

“I was in an antique store in Asbury Park and noticed a basket and it had a sign on it that said ‘Love Letters,’” says Hanlon says. “When I realized that they were postmarked in the 1950s, I thought that maybe somebody related to the people involved would still be around.”

Hanlon says that she found Cuttler through a genealogy website and sent her a message about the letters.

“It was crazy. It was completely unexpected because I didn’t even know these existed,” Cuttler says.

The two women met up later that day. Cuttler says that she spent hours reading over the letters. She says that she will forever be thankful for Hanlon’s gesture.

“I’m a teacher and we’re always talking about kindness and good character and being a good person,” Cuttler says. “This was the ultimate example.”

Cuttler says that she is now in the process of organizing the letters. She says she hopes to one day pass them down to her two sons.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • 71st annual Emmy Awards

    71st annual Emmy Awards

    Sights and scenes from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
    Sights and scenes from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
  • Scenes from 'Alienstock' at Area 51 in Nevada

    Scenes from 'Alienstock' at Area 51 in Nevada

    While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.
    While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.
    While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.
    While costumed space aliens were a common and sometimes hilarious sight in events that began Thursday, no one has reported seeing actual extraterrestrials or UFOs.
  • Sample fare from stadiums across the US at MLB FoodFest

    Sample fare from stadiums across the US at MLB FoodFest

    Get ready to sample fare from baseball stadiums from across the country at the MLB FoodFest.
    Get ready to sample fare from baseball stadiums from across the country at the MLB FoodFest.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."