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USPS Carrier Drives 379 Miles on His Own Dime to Deliver Lost World War II Letters: ‘Above and Beyond’

May 1, 2024


Grand Prairie USPS carrier Alvin Gauthier, a Marine Corps veteran, said he knew the importance of the cache of letters when they inexplicably landed in his work bag one day.

“I was getting ready for my route and found some letters that were dated back to 1942, so World War II,” Gauthier told NBC affiliate KXAS-TV. “My main thought was I have to find this family.”

Yet the letters offered few details except that they were addressed to a “Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lamb” who lived in Jacksonville, Arkansas, NBC affiliate KARK-TV reported.

Gauthier contacted KARK-TV and with their help, the station was able to find Jo Ann Smith, whose brother was Marion Lamb, the soldier who wrote the letters which were addressed to their parents.

The mail carrier of nearly 20 years then decided he would use his day off to take a road trip — about a five hour drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth area —  to hand-deliver the special correspondence.

“I could have stuck them in the mail, but it’s kinda like sometimes you have to go above and beyond,” Gauthier said, telling KXAS he used his own money to pay for gas and a hotel. “Just go the extra mile … or 379 miles.”

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