WWII soldier’s gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home

The elaborate pillow sham emblazoned with the word "Mother"

In this photo taken, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Don Lamoureux displays a World War II era pillow sham at a senior center in Millville, Mass., which his son purchased from an online auction site. Dominic O’Gara had mailed the elaborate pillow sham from his U.S. Army base in California to his mother in Millville in 1942. The Lamoureux's tried to find the soldier’s relatives to give it to them, but were unable to find any. The plan now is to put the sham on display in the town’s senior center, just yards from the house where the O’Gara family once lived. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

MILLVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent has come home after 73 years and just in time for Mother’s Day.

The elaborate pillow sham emblazoned with the word “Mother” and sent in 1942 by Dominic O’Gara from his California Army base in California to his mother in the Massachusetts town of Millville. It was discovered last month by a town native on eBay.

Millville native Donald Lamoureux paid five dollars for the sealed envelope without knowing what was inside.

The sham is also decorated with roses, the name of the Army camp and a touching poem about mothers.

It looked brand new, but where it has been for the past 70 years remains a mystery.

Dominic O’Gara died in 1998 and his mother died in 1956.

The hope now is to put the sham on display in the town’s senior center, just yards from the house where the O’Gara family once lived.

Margaret Carroll is chairwoman of the town Historical Commission. She says the pillow cover is back where it belongs.

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