Picture of two persons marrying each other.
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My father was born in Washington, D.C.. He has always been a United States citizen and served in the U.S. army. He was honored and saluted for serving this country. He was stationed at Fort Hamilton in New York on December 18, 1959, where he took up zoology. He served 8 weeks in the army and received a honorable reward for his duty. He also received an early release overseas, in France. He came home on leave to marry my mother on March 12, 1958. My mother met my father in homeroom class. They talked and liked each other, they were a good match. They always ate lunch together.

My father participated in everything at school. He loved school. He never missed a day of school. He made honor roll a lot. He was the top student in class, and he took all major subjects: Math, English, Spanish, and Life Skills. He always loved his music class. He played the tuba, along with other instruments, he was gifted. He did his first concert for my mother and grandmother. He really wanted them to come see him perform with his friends. They were so happy to have seen him perform his selection with the tuba. Then, he got engaged to my mother. He really loved her, and she loved him. He showed her how much he appreciated her. He gave her the world, anything she wanted from him. He made her a queen! During the time that my father was overseas, he sent my mother a present. A lovely rhinestone necklace, bracelet, and ring set. I was voilet-purple and it sparkled and shined. I was a set that came from France. All of the pieces of the set sparkled like a diamond ring worth millions. He payed $1,000 for the set. It was all real jewelry.

He really wanted to marry my mom right away.