Honors Major Bill White

A Simple Request

William White may not have been prepared for the outpouring of love he received this Valentine’s Day.  “Major Bill” White is a 104- year-old veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two.  He made a simple request for Valentine’s Day cards back in January.  That simple request was heard by a friend of White’s who then turned it into a social media campaign dubbed “Operation Valentine.”  The world responded in a “major” way.  Reports vary on just how many Valentine’s greetings White has received, but the boxes stacked around him are piled waist-high. A week before the holiday, the greetings and honors had topped 70,000 and showed no signs of slowing.  The final count could easily exceed 300,000 cards and letters. joins the honors to Major Bill White on this Valentine’s Day.

A Life of Service

Mr. White was injured on March 3, 1945, when a grenade exploded less than a foot away from him and several of his fellow Marines.  The injuries took him out of the combat zone, but he remained an active duty Marine for 30 years.  He now resides in Stockton, California at an assisted living facility, where he stays active and attends to one of his favorite hobbies, scrapbooking.  He now has boxes and boxes of greetings from new friends.   As the population of the Greatest Generation dwindles, this astounding outpouring of love is indicative of how grateful Americans are for the brave service of our WWII veterans.

A staff member of, paid a visit to Major William White, bringing well wishes from our entire office and treats for Major White and the assisted living staff:


To see more photographs from the visit, please visit our Instagram.

Happy Valentine’s Day to Major Bill White, and to all servicemen and women, active duty and retired.  We are grateful for your service today and every day.

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