By Morgan Smith / people.com
In 1943, 18-year-old Bill Caldwell wrote a postcard to his uncle Fred in Liverpool describing his first week in England’s Royal Navy during World War II.
“Post [this] early in the day,” he told the Royal Mail, according to the BBC.
The postcard was finally delivered to Caldwell’s family home 77 years later. Both Caldwell and his uncle have died, but a distant relative, Jack Elomaa, lives at the address and alerted Caldwell’s six children to the postcard’s arrival.
“It was the most surreal thing on a Friday night to suddenly read a postcard that Dad had written 77 years ago when he was training to be a sailor in the Navy,” Caldwell’s daughter, Joanna Creamer, told the BBC.