Passed away March first of this year. He was a veteran of WWII and my soul mate. I think about him every day. During our seventeen years together he didn't talk much about the war. But he was addicted to the history channel and once in a while when they were showing war stories he would look at me and say, "I was there." The only thing I knew for certain was that he lied about his age to get in, he was only seventeen. And the name of his ship was the USS Brownsville.
I kept his favorite WWII hat, it's hanging on one of the posts on my bed. It still smells like him.
I love and miss you Earl. You'll always be my hero!