WWII veteran wants cards for his 96th birthday


A World War II veteran in California has only one wish for his upcoming 96th birthday: He wants to get birthday cards, from anyone.

Duane Sherman didn’t feel much like celebrating his birthday on December 30.

Until his daughter, Sue Morse, went to Facebook and asked anyone to send him a birthday card.

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"I wanted him to feel special on his birthday,” she said.

Sherman received a Purple Heart for a mission he survived in 1944. He was a chief sonarman aboard the U.S.S. Lamson when a kamikaze plane hit the ship.

"The flames from the crash, engulfing the bridge,” he said.

Thirty of his shipmates lost their lives and Sherman still has shrapnel in his back.

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

Whether it’s a birthday card or thanking him for his service, Sherman will have a good time opening up the mailbox.

"Well, I'll have a hell of a time reading them,” he said.

If you want to send Sherman a card, sent it to: Duane Sherman c/o Sue Morse P.O. Box 794 Highland, California 92346.