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  • Peggy Smith, pictured with Kevin Smith, was 4 months old when her father, Pfc. John Eddington, was killed in action in World War II. Seven decades later, Mrs. Smith is about to get his Purple Heart medal and an emotional letter the father she never met wrote just weeks after her birth. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kevin Smith)

    7 decades later, Purple Heart to be given to soldier's daughter

    Pfc. John Eddington was fighting in Europe in World War II when he learned his wife had given birth to a daughter. From the battlefield he penned a letter, sweetly telling the little girl how much he loved her and longed to see her. But he never made it home, and the letter and his Purple Heart medal ended up in a box thousands of miles away from Peggy Smith, the daughter who was told nearly nothing about him.


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