STOCKTON, Calif. – A World War II veteran in California has one wish for Valentine’s Day.
He is asking as many people as possible to send him a card.
Maj. Bill White still wears the same dress blues made in the 1950s when he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
“I spent 30 years active duty and 54 retired,” said White.
Among his many medals is the one he’s most proud of, the Purple Heart, a badge of honor for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima.
“The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” said White.
On March 3, 1945, White led his Marines toward the front lines under heavy fire from the Japanese.
“When I was wounded, I didn’t have any choice in the matter. A grenade blew up six inches from me,” recalled White.