It's a great day when we can celebrate the career of a 104-year-old Marine veteran who served in World War II, the Battle of Iwo Jima, and then served a very respectful career in the United States Marine Corps.
His mane is Major Bill White and he spent 30 years in active duty and 54 years retired.
He has a lot of medals, including a Purple Heart he received for surviving the fierce Battle of Iwo Jima, as told on Fox40.
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“The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” White explained.
On March 3, 1945, Maj. White led his Marines toward the front lines under heavy fire from Japanese soldiers.
“When I was wounded, I didn’t have any choice in the matter. A grenade blow up about 6 inches from me,” he said.
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His injuries may have taken him off the battlefield but his fighting spirit carried on in life.
“I’m still here. I'm 104. Can’t complain,” White said.
White lives in California and likes to stay active. He scrapbooks and preserves his memories on bookshelves.
This year he wants to collect Valentine's Day cards from people all over the planet.
“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 told FOX40.
And it is a life story that is still being written. White said 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,” he said.
Here's the fun part! You can send a card to Major White if you'd like to be part of his new memory collection.
The address to send cards is below:
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207