WWII Veteran Celebrates 70 Years of Marriage

RENO, Nev. -- It's a special day for one local WWII veteran. William Parsons is celebrating a milestone with his wife, Marcedes of 70 years.

William Parson's life was changed after facing bombs at Pearl Harbor.

"The Japanese got irritated as us for sinking their ships," he said. "We were trying to get away from them and they were throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us."

It paled it comparison when he met Mercedes. Just three days after their first conversation, they tied the knot in 1943.

"Submarine people don't wait around," he added.

His eldest daughter, Kathy Shafter, says they are still madly in love with each other.

"He calls her his bride all the time til this day," she said.

It's a marriage that has withstood WWII. Three days after the wedding, Parsons was shipped back to war.

"The captain says, 'oh you just got married' I said 'yes, sir' and he says 'we're going to send you to new construction in the east coast," he said.

After a few months apart, the couple reunited and started creating a life together in Ely, NV. They became parents to four, grandparents to six, and now, great-grandparents to four; they've kept the promises they made to each other 70 years ago.

"Renew once or twice just for drill so you don't forget what they mean," he joked. "If you didn't have an argument, you wouldn't be alive."

"You're going to have arguments, you just have to work through it and that's about it," Marcedes said.

They say the real secret is taking it one day at a time.

"There's not magic to it. It's just something that happened and we're still thankful for it."

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