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WWII veteran wants cards for 96th birthday

HIGHLAND, Calif. (CNN) – A World War II veteran in California is turning 96 later this month and wants just one thing this year: Cards. From anyone.

For most people, getting mail is a mundane task. But for Duane Sherman, it’s exciting.

“Every day he said, ‘Oh have you checked the mail?’” his daughter Sue Morse said. “To get something in the mail that’s for him, that’s special.”

Sherman is turning 96 on Dec. 30 and wasn’t very excited about celebrating. That’s why his daughter went on Facebook asking anyone and everyone to send him a birthday card.

“I wanted him to feel special on his birthday,” Morse said.

“It’ll be heartwarming,” Sherman added. “I’ll have a hell of a time reading them.”

Sherman is a World War II Navy veteran who earned a Purple Heart for a mission he survived in 1944.

He was a chief sonarman on the USS Lamson and says he remembers the moment a kamikaze plane hit his ship. Thirty of his shipmates were killed. 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.

If you would like to wish Sherman a happy birthday or thank him for his service, you can send a card to this address:

Duane Sherman c/o Sue Morse
PO Box 794
Highland, CA 92346