104-Year-Old Purple Heart Recipient Is Asking People To Send Him Valentine’s Day Cards

We often think of Valentine’s Day as being a day of love, and this may be our opportunity to share that love with someone special. A man by the name of Bill White is a 104-year-old World War II veteran and he would like something special this February 14. During his time fighting in World War II, he was injured at the battle of Iwo Jima and has lived to a ripe old age of 104.

According to a report from CNN, he is asking people to send him a Valentine’s Day card. White has collected many experiences during his life as a soldier in World War II and has a scrapbook that reminds him of those memories. I’m sure that many of those Valentine’s Day cards will make it into that scrapbook. He may even need to get a bigger scrapbook!

When the war veteran spoke with WGNTV, he said: “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 earned a Purple Heart after he was injured in the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. That battle took place between the US Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan. 7000 US Marines were casualties of that battle, which lasted for five weeks. There were also over 20,000 Japanese fighters who were injured or lost their lives.

White said, “When I was wounded, I didn’t have any choice in the matter. A grenade blows up about 6 inches from me. The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us.”

30 years of his life were spent on active duty and he retired from the battlefield after he was injured. He loves making his scrapbooks because it keeps him busy and allows him to look back over his life’s story.

People have asked him about his long life and his positive attitude. His secret? “Just keep breathing.”

If you would like to send him a Valentine’s Day card, you can mail it to:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207.

Click2Houston is already reporting that the cards and well wishes are coming in and we still have a month to go. Perhaps he will need that extra scrapbook after all.

In conclusion, White said: “I’m still here. I’m 104. Can’t complain.”

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