A 104-year-old Marine veteran has just one wish for Valentine’s Day: he wants people from around the world to send him Valentine’s Day cards! He plans on keeping them as part of his scrapbooks. “It would be a part of my personal history,” the veteran said. Continue reading to find out why he wants Valentine’s cards and how you can send one!
An Incredible Marine Veteran
There are many ways that citizens show our appreciation for the troops: some raise money for them, others send food or gifts. Now, you can easily show your appreciation the next time you head to the mailbox!
Maj. Bill White, a 104-year-old Marine veteran, retired to Stockton, California, where he lived most of his life. However, before that, White built an incredible, jaw-dropping military resume. The veteran served in the Marines for 30 years, enlisting just before World War II. There, he survived the Battle of Iwo Jima, despite receiving wounds from a grenade “blowing up 6 inches from [him].” In fact, surviving Iwo Jima is the thing White is most proud of: “The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” the veteran sadly explained. When he returned home, the government awarded Maj. White with a Purple Heart.
After World War II, White on to serve for decades more. “I spent 30 years active duty and 54 retired,” the Maj. shared in an interview. Now, the 104-year-old veteran has one last wish: to be sent Valentine’s Day cards “from near and far.”
“The Cards Would Be A Part Of My Personal History”
In his retirement, White has stayed active, spending plenty of time outside, and with family and friends. He also picked up a new hobby: scrapbooking. Now, it’s becoming his favorite past time! The veteran now has plenty of scrapbooks filling up his bedroom, containing a lifetime of memories. He’s filled each book with photos, cards, and notes from different eras of his life, organized by year.
The scrapbooks aren’t just for fun and memories, however. White explained that the hobby keeps him busy, and helps him “locate or keep track of what’s happened to me, where, when.”
This year, the Marine veteran decided he wanted to add Valentine’s Day cards to his scrapbooks. “I’ll save every one of them like I’ve been saving little things that have come up until right now, and they’ll be a personal part of my history,” he said.
Sending Valentine’s Day Cards
So, how does White feel about living to the ripe old of age of 104-years-old? “I’m still here. I’m 104. Can’t complain,” he said. When asked if he had any secrets to aging, White simply said, “Just keep breathing, I can’t think of anything else. I can give you all sorts of ideas and suggestions, but if you’re not breathing, they don’t mean anything.”
If you would like to fulfill this incredible Marine veteran‘s Valentine’s Day wish and send him a card, or just share a piece of your life with him, you can mail a card or letter to:
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207