Maj. Bill White, a 104-year-old World War II veteran who survived the battle of Iwo Jima in the Korean War, is hoping to receive a lot of Valentine’s Day cards to add to his collection of memories tucked away on his bookshelf.

To White, surviving the battle is a miracle. Recalling his lifetime of sacrificing for the United States, White said he was most proud of his Purple Heart from Iwo Jima.

“The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” he said.

On March 3, 1945, White led a battalion of Marines toward the front lines while Japanese soldiers opened fire.

“When I was wounded, I didn’t have any choice in the matter. A grenade blow up about 6 inches from me,” he said.

After the war, the keepsake White went on to continue a 30-year active-duty career before retiring, KTXL reported. Now, at the age of 104, he spends his time eating with friends and scrapbooking, which he said was one of his favorite hobbies.

“It’s kept me busy just trying to locate or keep track of what’s happened to me, where, when,” White explained.

He might be the oldest living Marine, but his heart is big and young. For Valentine’s Day, the 104-year-old said he wanted to add to his collection of memories from people around the world.

“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.

Valentine’s Day cards for White can be sent to the following address:

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

 
 

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