104-Year Old WWII Vet Wants You To Send Him A Valentine
How you can be a part of a war hero's personal history, nearly 75 years in the making.
Along with dozens of other military decorations, Major Bill White earned a Purple Heart for his courageous action in the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.
Now, the 104-year-old veteran wants more hearts to add to his collection.
The California native is asking for people to send him Valentine's Day cards this year to add to his vault of memories.
“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," White (pictured below) told KTXL .
On March 3, 1945, Maj. White led his team of Marines toward the front lines under heavy fire from Japanese soldiers. The battle lasted five weeks and killed nearly 7,000 US Marines and more than 20,000 Japanese fighters. White, who spent 30 years on active duty, was injured during the battle and retired from service shortly after.
“When I was wounded, I didn't have any choice in the matter. A grenade blew up about 6 inches from me," he said.
Almost 75 years later, White spends most of his time attending veteran's events with his friends and practicing his newest hobby, scrapbooking. He's been archiving his memories in photo books, each organized by year and placed on bookshelves in his room.
“It's kept me busy just trying to locate or keep track of what's happened to me, where, when," White explained.
He's hoping he can add the Valentine's Day cards he receives to an enduring history that's still being written.
When asked what keeps him going after all these years, White says the secret is to 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." - Maj. Bill White
If you would like to send Maj. Bill White a Valentine's Day card, you can address it to:
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207