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Valentine’s Day will soon be here and people will be sending cards and gifts to someone they love.

Well, Maj. Bill White, a 104-year-old veteran of World War II is asking people to send him a card too.

White, who survived the Battle of Iwo Jima continued to serve in the Marine Corps during his lifetime.

He has a large collection of memorabilia from over the years but would like to add new Valentine’s Day cards.

The California native was awarded the Purple Heart for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

From Fox News:

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

White was near the front lines of the battle on March 3, 1945, when a grenade exploded about six inches from he and his fellow Marines, according to Fox 40.



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The injuries he sustained took him off the battlefield, but White recovered and went on to enjoy a long military career.

“I spent 30 years active duty and 54 retired,” the centenarian said.

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Today, the California native stays active at his assisted living facility in Stockton, Calif., dining with friends and working on his scrapbooks, a favorite hobby.