Christmas in Vietnam, five decades ago

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM.

She came across Sack’s letter in a box of mementos and decided to return the 1966 letter to her soldier. Barbara sent it off to an address she found on the internet, but the envelope was returned as undeliverable.

Then she remembered Sack’s wife’s name was Ouida and looked for an address for Ouida Sack in the area around Apalachicola . That’s how she located the Sack’s Eastpoint home.

 “Throughout the years, I have often wondered what became of those brave souls who received our letters,” Barbara wrote to Sack. “Then very recently, I came across that letter I had carefully packed away decades a go. It is my hope that I am returning it to its author. I hope the years have been kind to you and yours. Mostly I wanted to let you know that your efforts so far away and long ag0 did not go unnoticed by a schoolgirl who grew up with a better appreciation for life.”

Sack said he was affected by Duffy’s letter. “It really sent me back,” he said. “It kind of got to me a little bit.”

Sack wrote back to Barbara thanking her.

“When I received your letter, I had no idea what to expect,” Sack wrote. “After reading its content, I was overwhelmed, amazed, humbled and pleased. For the second time in 46 years, I have received a letter from you that has completely brightened my day and confirmed my belief that there are still wonderful people in the world.”

Barbara replied to Sack’s second letter that in her life only twice had she been “happily devastated into tears.” The first time was when she danced at her son’s wedding and the second was receiving Sack’s letter in 2012.

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