Hank Pruitt, of Port Charlotte, joined the Seabees during the closing days of World War II because of an old flame.
“She wrote me every day and then she stopped writing,” he said more than 75 years later. “If I joined the Seabees, they would give me a 17-day sign-up leave. That gave me enough time to go home to Washington, D.C., and find out what was going on with my girl. I signed.
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