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Updated: 06/25/2018 08:30:00AM

Man joined Seabees because of girlfriend

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Out on the town in Honolulu, Hank Pruitt wraps his arms around a hula girl. He paid her a buck or two for the encounter. The girl’s husband shot the picture.

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A uniformed Hank Pruitt of Port Charlotte holds his niece about the time he got out of the Seabees in 1946.

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Hank Pruitt, 91, is a resident of Port Charlotte.

Don Moore Sun Correspondent

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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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