JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KAKE) - A Texas postal carrier went above and beyond his duties by driving over 300 miles to deliver a collection of lost World War II letters to a family from a relative serving in the Army.

People reports that Alvin Gauthier, a USPS carrier in Grand Prairie, Texas, was getting ready for his route when he found the letters in his work bag one day. He immediately recognized their significance, being a veteran himself.

“I was getting ready for my route and found some letters that were dated back to 1942,” Gauthier told KXAS. “My main thought was I have to find this family.” 

The letters offered few details, however, other than being addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lamb who lived in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Gauthier then contacted a local news station and they were able to track down Jo Ann Smith, whose brother was Marion Lamb, the soldier who wrote the letters addressed to his parents.

Gauthier says he decided to take a road trip from Texas to Arkansas on his day off to deliver the letters.

“I could have stuck them in the mail, but it's kinda like sometimes you have to go above and beyond,” Gauthier told KXAS. "Just go the extra mile ... or 379 miles."

After roughly a five-hour drive, Gauthier arrived at the Smith's door with the letters, which were dated between 1942 and 1945, People reported.

“I’m very excited and very tearful,” Smith told KLRT-TV. “For me, it’s a connection to my family.”

Smith thanked Gauthier for going above and beyond in delivering the letters and said they are a reminder of the sacrifices her brother made. 

“I just appreciate Alvin,” Smith told KLRT. “He has really gone out of his way and people connect on different levels and I feel as connected to Alvin as I do my family.”