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Postcard returns - 6 decades later

She mailed it to her soldier husband in Florida in 1945. Friends recently found it at an antique mall in Indiana.

Published June 25, 2006

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A postcard that a woman mailed to her soldier husband serving in Florida in World War II has made its way back to her mailbox more than 60 years later - thanks to some friends in Indiana.

Gertrude "Trudy" Fulton mailed the card in 1945 to her husband Russell, who was stationed in Fort Myers. But last month friends found the card at an antique mall in Indiana and sent it to her home in Maryville.

Fulton said her husband received the card - which depicts a scantily clad cartoon figure of a woman - but does not know how it got to Indiana. She guesses it was lost over the course of several moves during his military service.

Fulton said she couldn't believe when the card arrived in the mail around the end of May. She said she wished Russell had seen it before he died May 18. The couple would have been married 65 years in November.

"I said, 'My goodness, after all these years.' I thought if she had had that before he passed away and sent it, (Russell) would have gotten such a kick out of it."

At the time Fulton mailed the letter, she and her daughter Janice were staying in Blount County with her sister while Russell found a home for the family.

"Dearest hubby, found this cute card and couldn't help but send it," Fulton wrote on the card. "Wish I could see you today. Wonder what you are doing. Janice is taking her nap. I think I could do with one too, but I guess it's laziness. Ha. Love Gert."

After Russell's discharge from the service in 1945, the family returned to Indiana where the couple had met and married. Fulton is originally from the Brick Mill area of Blount County.

"I left here at 14 and came back here when I was 69," she said, adding that the couple moved to Blount County after they retired 18 years ago. "I was born here and I guess I'll die here."

[Last modified June 25, 2006, 06:43:18]

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