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Hiram & Gretta Brown in 1943

Hiram & Gretta Brown

My parents were married on March 25, 1943 — 79 years ago this coming March 25th. They met at a USO in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where my mother lived and my father was stationed. Almost immediately after they were married, my dad was shipped off to Paris, where he spent the next year or more as a company clerk.

I was born while he was overseas. He did not see me until I was a year old. While there, he had a little dress made for me out of a parachute and sent it home. Upon his return from the war, my parents moved to Rice Lake, Wisconsin, which is his birthplace.

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