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When Amanda Thompson found a colourful vintage Army postcard tucked in a book she bought a garage sale, she didn’t toss it out. The postcard held no sentimental value to her, Thompson just wanted to deliver it to its rightful family.

The Virginia woman spent over 10 years trying to find the owners of the lost 1944 letter that was sent from Bobbie Stuckey, a U.S. soldier fighting in Second World War at the time, to his mother. Now, thanks to Facebook, her search has ended.

Through a quick Facebook search, Thompson tracked down Robert Stuckey of Indiana, the son of the now deceased Bobbie Stuckey, and handed over the precious postcard 71 years after it got lost in the mail.

“When I seen [sic] his name I got cold chills like he was right there beside me,” said an emotional Stuckey to CTV News. “You know, she could have just thrown it away. She didn’t. She held on to it until she could get it to one of us.”

As for Thompson? She’s happy to have finally found the true owners and knows the Stuckey family will cherish the postcard forever.

“They have this piece of their father’s history and they can share it with the rest of their family,” Thompson said to 14 News, a local Indiana TV station. “To be able to give them back a little piece of something, I feel like it was just a duty, you know?”

To see what the colourful postcard looked like and hear the exact words Bobbie Stuckey wrote to his mother over seven decades ago, watch the video above.