(CNN) — A World War II veteran in California has only one wish for his upcoming 96th birthday.
He wants to get birthday cards – from anyone.
Duane Sherman says all of his friends have passed away.
And he doesn’t feel much like celebrating his birthday this December 30.
Or at least he didn’t.
Until his daughter, Sue Morse, went to Facebook and asked anyone out there listening to send him a birthday card.
Sue’s dad isn’t just special to her. He means something to this country.
The WWII Navy veteran, earned a Purple Heart for a mission he survived in 1944.
He was a Chief Sonarman aboard the U.S.S. Lamson and he remembers a moment a Kamikaze plane hit his ship.
Thirty of his shipmates lost their lives in that action and Duane still has shrapnel in his back.
“we should all be very proud of their service and honor them in any way that we can,” said Sue.
You can call this a happy birthday, or a thank you for your service.
“Well, I’ll have a hell of a time reading them,” said Duane.
Either way, Duane will have a good time opening up the mailbox.
If you want to make Duane’s wish come true, send a card to:
C.O. Sue Morse
PO Box 794