104-Year-Old Marine Vet Asking For Valentines — 40,000 So Far

104-Year-Old Marine Vet Asking For Valentines — 40,000 So Far

An Aurora veteran is asking Kane County residents to send a valentine to a 104-year-old former marine in Stockton, CA.

Joe Toma, a former chair of the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, sent an e-blast this week asking people to jump on the bandwagon after a friend told him the story of Maj. Bill White, who served in World War II, survived the Battle of Iwo Jima and is now in a California nursing home.

According to the Marine Times website, White is hoping to add to the memory collection on his bookshelf this year by asking the public near and far for Valentine’s Day cards.

“A very close friend of mine, who lives in Ohio, was contacted to carve a goose egg (with White’s photo and the Marine Corps emblem),” Toma said. “This lady does it for a hobby, and she is great.”

Toma did not give the full name of the woman who created the egg but said her first name is Patricia. Toma has been corresponding with Patricia’s husband.

According to WGN and other news reports, White already has received more than 40,000 valentines.

“At this point the response has been so overwhelming they had to set aside an unused suite in the nursing home for the 40,000 gifts and cards they have gotten,” Patricia’s husband said. “They anticipate easily 100,000 items before it is over. So somewhere in all of that mess is the egg she did.”

If you would like to send White a Valentine’s Day card, you can address it to:

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