"The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind."
He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond.
Soon after he was shipped overseas for service in World War II During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail.
Departing in 10!
"Going my sailor?"
"When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting - 7:00 PM at the Grand Central Station in New York."You'll recognize me," she wrote, "by the red rose I'll be wearing on my lapel."
"I'm Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?"
she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!"