ABC World News Tonight with David Muir / Facebook
Imagine turning 96 years old! That’s a wonderfully long life. There’s just one problem – not too many of your friends are still around to celebrate this achievement with you. You start to feel a little bummed out about it. So what do you do?
Well, if you are WWII Veteran Duane Sherman of Fullerton, California, you’re lucky enough to have a very thoughtful daughter who makes a viral plea on a Facebook veterans’ group asking for just one thing: birthday cards.
And oh boy, did they get cards. Sue Morse was only expecting maybe 160 cards. How many did they actually get? Over 50, 000. That’s definitely enough cards to last at least until Duane is 97!
In addition to the incredible outpouring that included letters from young students, inmates, football teams, and Navy officials, Duane Sherman got a special visit from the Commander of the USS Cowpens and several other officers who took him out to lunch. Another group of officers from the U.S. Navy Sonar School came to listen to his stories.
The chief sonarman of the USS Lamson and Purple Heart recipient was thrilled. He may have been feeling lonely at 95, but with so many letters to go through and his stories listened to intently by the young men of today’s Navy, Duane Sherman is feeling all the love as he inches towards triple digits.
“It was very gratifying. It was hard to believe.” – Duane Sherman
A very happy birthday, sir, and thank you for your service!