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Pen-pals enjoy their first meeting

Published 11:32 am, Wednesday, December 26, 2012
  • Luke Christos, 6, of New Milford poses Nov. 12, 2012 with his pen pal, Jamie Hunt, OSSN, also from New Milford.

Courtesy of the Christos family Photo: Contributed Photo
    Luke Christos, 6, of New Milford poses Nov. 12, 2012 with his pen pal, Jamie Hunt, OSSN, also from New Milford. Courtesy of the Christos family Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A relationship forged through pen-pal letter writing has developed into a true friendship for a New Milford 6-year-old and a sailor in the United States Navy.

Luke Christos, 6, of New Milford, recently met his pen pal, Jamie Hunt, OSSN, also a New Milford resident, for the first time.

The local youngster was at home due to the Veterans Day observance and was treated to a surprise visit from Hunt.

The Navy man had just returned home from nine months' service

in the Middle East aboard the aircraft

carrier USS Enterprise.

Hunt gifted Luke with a baseball cap from the U.S. Navy during their happy get-together, according to Luke's mother, Dana Christos.

Luke is in first grade at Northville School, where Hunt also attended as a youth.

The Enterprise, also known as Big E, was decommissioned Dec. 1 at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia, where Hunt is now stationed.

He is the son of Donald and Michelle Hunt and a 2010 graduate of New Milford High School. His grandfather, Donald Hunt Sr., also was in the Navy, which inspired him to enlist in the service.