1130 5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

(WXIA) -- Love letters a soldier wrote to a teen girl during World War II have finally arrived -- 70 years later.

Dorothy Bartos Carlberg corresponded with Navy man Al Fragakis while he was stationed in San Diego.

Martha Rodriguez, who lives in the Chicago home where Carlberg lived as a teen, said two letters from Fragakis dating back to 1945 were recently delivered to the address.

Carlberg is now an 85-year-old dementia patient, but the letters from yesteryear jogged some old memories.

"We were friends, but we weren't hanky-panky or anything," she said of Fragakis.

Five years after the letters were written, she married Army man Victor Carlberg and loved him until his death two years ago. Now, the couple's five children say the whole experience has proved mind-boggling.

"She had a whole other life that we weren't aware of," Sandy Jacobson, Carlberg's daughter, said. "And who knows what would have happened if she had received all of (the letters)."

1130 5 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.11alive.com/story/life/2014/08/07/world-war-ii-love-letters/13710199/