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In Love and War: A Veterans Day Tale

Howard and Rita Dean Park Springs residents Howard and Rita Dean have lived lives straight off the big screen.

The couple’s life together began in the midst of WWII when Dean was stationed in the Philippines and Japan for over four years serving in a classified position as a radar officer with the Electronic Training Group. Shortly after the war ended, Dean returned to Manila where he was stationed working as part of an operation to help remove troops and equipment.

It was there that he met 17 year old Rita who had just spent the past four years under brutal Japanese occupation for woman and children during the war. At the time she was assisting the military in a clerical position. Dean remembers being immediately attracted to the girl he remembers as tough and intelligent. (Continued…)

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