California veteran asks for birthday cards


A World War II veteran in California has only one wish for his upcoming 96th birthday.

Duane Sherman wants to receive birthday cards, from everyone.

Sherman hadn't been looking forward to celebrating his birthday this December 30th but that has changed now that his daughter, Sue Morse, has taken to Facebook asking people to send him birthday cards.

"Every day he said, 'Oh have you checked the mail?" Morse said, "To him getting mail-- that's special."

The World War II navy veteran earned a purple heart for a mission he survived in 1944.

He was a chief sonarman aboard the U.S.S. Lamson - and he remembers a moment a kamikaze plane hit his ship.

Duane Sherman said, "The flames from the crash, engulfing the bridge."

Thirty of his shipmates lost their lives in that action.

Duane still has shrapnel in his back.

Morse says, "We should all be very proud of their service and honor them in any way that we can."

You can send a happy birthday card or a thank you for his service.

Send a Birthday card to this address:

Duane Sherman

C/O Sue Morse

P.O. box 794

Highland, CA 92346

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