World War II veteran shares love of his country and wife of 70 years

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World War II Veteran Shares Love of His Country & Wife of 70 Years

Chuck Franzke is an American hero: A World War II veteran, whose heart is full of love for his country and his wife of over 70 years. He was a Navy Air core pilot in World War II in 1943, '44 and '45. Chuck explains. "I never did fly a jet, but watching them makes me wish I had."

He remembers the friendships, the bond with his fellow service members. It's a reminder of why he put on the uniform, so many years ago. "Why did you want to serve your country? Because I loved it. And I love it today," he says, adding, "It brings back a lot of memories, and I just enjoy it with the people I'm with."

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The 92-year-old shares these moments with the best co-pilot of his life: His wife Beverly. "We've been together 76 years -- and I still like her," he says.

He adds, "We went steady for 6 years, then I had to go win a war." Even though Chuck can't fly planes anymore, he's still a thrill-seeker. Beverly notes, "We've had a pretty good life together, we've traveled, we've done a lot of things and just been lucky."

What's their secret to their long-lasting marriage? Chuck says, "I always tell everybody, love gets you to the altar; trust and respect gets you through the next 70 years."
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