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Father’s Day card more than a sentiment to local man

Father’s Day card more than a sentiment to local man

Amos Moss reads the Father's Day card he sent his dad from a fox hole in Korea.


POSTED June 27, 2009 4:48 p.m.
In July of 1950, Amos Moss scribbled a letter to his father from a fox hole in Korea. The note was on a Father’s Day card that his sergeant had given him. Until he was handed the card, he didn’t even realize what day it was. Moss wrote to his father that he missed him and was proud to be his son. He sent the letter back to his father, Amos Moss Sr., in the states and didn’t think much about it after that.
Three years later, Moss got the unfortunate news that his father had passed away. He made the trip to Amos Moss Sr.’s home and went through his belongings to find a coat suitable for burial. When he checked the pocket of the coat his father wore most often, Moss found the Father’s Day card he had sent from Korea. His father had been carrying that card around every day for three years.
“I was very surprised,” said Moss, “my father wasn’t a person to show emotion.”
Moss kept the letter he found in his father’s belongings and put it away in a safe. He values that card along with memories of fishing with his father, who he describes as an avid sportsman. He recalls a time when his father accidentally lost a fish that Moss Jr. caught, and was so mad that he threw all of the tackle and bait overboard.
“He was so mad. He had to go the next day and buy all new things,” Moss said.
The next year after Moss found the letter, he and his wife Dorothy had their first child, a son who they named Leonard. Two years later they had their daughter Theresa. Moss now has three grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He says that to this day the best gift he gets for Father’s Day are cards.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.
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