Request for birthday cards for a veteran goes viral
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Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Duane Sherman's daughter last month posted on social media asking people to send her father cards for his Dec. 30 birthday. 

Sue Morse's request for birthday cards for her father, who is legally blind and has survived nearly all of his friends, including his wife, soon went viral. As of Jan. 9, Morse's father had received more than 50,000 letters thanking him for his service and wishing him a happy birthday, local outlet The Orange County Register reported.

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“I was amazed, shocked and appreciative,” Morse told the outlet. “All the good comments people made … it just brightened my day.”

Sherman, who is 96 years old and fought in World War II, received cards from individuals and groups, including Ohio State University, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the secretary of the Navy and the rock band Foreigner, according to the Register.

“It was very gratifying,” Sherman said. “It was hard to believe.”

Morse has been reading the cards to her father for weeks. They had gotten through about 1,700 of the letters as of this week, the newspaper reported.

His daughter posted the original request on Facebook.

Sherman has reportedly received cards and notes from all 50 states and 10 countries. He enlisted in the Navy in December, 1941, shortly after Pearl Harbor. 

Morse and Sherman have also received gifts including an American flag that allegeldy flew over Pearl Harbor, a model battleship and a plaque made out of wood from the U.S.S. Constitution, The Associated Press reported.