Daughter's plea draws 50,000 birthday cards for US veteran

Mail Online | 1/14/2019 | Stephanie Haney For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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World War II veteran and Purple Heart medal recipient Duane Sherman, 96, received more than 50,000 cards, letters and gifts for his birthday, after a simple Facebook post by his daughter.

Sue Morse, 65, said she wanted her dad to feel special, so she requested over social media that friends send well-wishes for his December 30 birthday, expecting to get something like 160 responses from the post.

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But as of January 9, Sherman, who has outlived most of his friends and who his daughter said only receives bills in the mail, had gotten tens of thousands of letters from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries.

One brightly colored envelope in particular was decorated with a message on the outside that read, 'Please handle gently, going to an American hero.'

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'I was amazed, shocked and appreciative,' Sherman told the Orange County Register. 'All the good comments people made, it just brightened my day.'

Notes poured in from people from all walks of life, including elementary school students, prison inmates, the secretary of the Navy, the State of Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, and even the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Postal bins packed with envelopes of every color are stacked high on two sofas and the floor of Sherman's home - and that's only a few thousand of them.

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