Good Samaritan returns love letters written nearly 70 years ago

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.

News 12 Staff

Apr 4, 2019, 2:25 AM

Updated 1,883 days ago

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Good Samaritan returns love letters written nearly 70 years ago
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.


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