Background information on Ralph

I’m going to break precedent and provide some context on the next three stories you will read.

They were all told by a 93 year old man named Ralph.  All I knew about Ralph prior to our interview was that he had served in the Armed Forces. 

When I sat down to interview Ralph, and before I could say anything, he said, “So you write stories of people’s lives?” 

I nodded. 

“Well I’ve had an extremely interesting life and I’ve gone through an awful lot of things.  The most interesting six years were the time I served in the Marine Corps.  I went into the Marine Corps before World War II began and I got out after the war was over.  During those six years I was subjected to every possible thing mankind could think of…”

At the end of our two hour interview I asked Ralph for a photo.  He reached into his pocket, pulled out military badges and said, “Do you want to take a picture of my purple heart?”

“You have a purple heart and you didn’t mention it until now?”  I exclaimed.  “What if I hadn’t asked to take a picture?  Would you have failed to mention that you had earned a purple heart?”

Ralph shrugged in his easy going way.  “Maybe.”

I wrote two stories about Ralph and I’m working on the third.  It was a true honor to interview an American war hero and the stories he told me are nothing short of fascinating.

I hope you all enjoy.