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Eleanor & Claude Whitehead, 1945

Eleanor Nordene Sturman married SSgt Claude Jacob Whitehead, US Marine Corps on November 6, 1945 in San Diego, California. He was her older brother's best friend in the Marines and she was his pen pal during WWII. They met face to face for the first time in 1944 when he was recovering from an illness picked up on Guadalcanal. They were happily married for 40 years until his passing in 1986 from cancer. ... show more

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Wow! So they fell in love via correspondence? What a romantic story, and just before Valentine's Day!
Feb 12, 2012 9:25 pm reply
They did, and she still has every one of his letters, war-censored and all. The neatest ones are the V-mails, a sort of mini-fax--pre-email type of message.
Feb 13, 2012 4:48 am reply
FYI - I shared this on StumbleUpon because I thought it was an amazing photo/story, and hundreds of people have already visited it since then!
Feb 13, 2012 2:10 pm reply
Cool! My mom lives with me now. She misses my Dad everyday. She's 88 and is as lively as a bedbug. She'll be thrilled to know that others are sharing the joy and love that she and my Dad had. In case you're wondering, yes those dimples of his went straight through, side to side. LOL An interesting note, I think is, of course this was before he got sick, he could still fit into his Marine Corps uniform well into his 60s. He was diagnosed with cancer in July 1985 and left us 16 months later. He was 65. I guess you know I miss him every day, too, even 26 years later. Thanks, Filipe, for caring enough to share the very best.
Feb 13, 2012 5:51 pm reply
Photo taken at Chapel San Diego, California USA on
Eleanor & Claude Whitehead, 1945

Eleanor Nordene (Sturman) Whitehead

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Also in this photo: Eleanor Nordene (Sturman) Whitehead at 22 years old  ·  Claude Jacob Whitehead