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Veteran's Voice: Former prisoner of war remembers love of his life, shares favorite hobbies

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Veteran's Voice: Former prisoner of war remembers love of his life, shares favorite hobbies

Veteran's Voice: Former prisoner of war remembers love of his life, shares favorite hobbies

Dean Whitaker fought in World War II as a bombardier.

Not only did he lose many friends in the war, but he was taken as a prisoner of war.

In today's Veterans Voice, Whitaker shares his favorite passions and remembers the love of his life.

Leah Pezzetti reports.

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Veteran's Voice: Former prisoner of war remembers love of his life, shares favorite hobbies

ART OF RELAXATION...ON THIS WEEK'S VETERAN'S VOICE- 13 ACTION NEWS REPORTER "LEAHPEZZETTI" SHOWS YOU THE NEWMOTIVATION FOR A HERO FROM THE"GREATEST GENERATION".THERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THATARE GREAT FOR ANY AGEPAINTING IS ONE OF THEM.FOR THIS VET - PAINTING ISN'TJUST A PAST TIME IT'S A WAYTO REMEMBER IMPORTANT PARTS OFHIS PAST.NAT PAINTING BEHIND EVERYDETAILED STROKE NAT ISCAREFUL PLANNING NAT ABOUTBRUSH/COLORS AND BEHIND EVERYARTIST NAT THERE'S A STORY.DEAN WHITAKER'S STARTS AS ATEENAGER THE WORLD WAR TWOVETERAN WAS A BOMBARDIER INEUROPE - SHOT OUT OF HISPLANE MOST OF HIS CREWKILLED.I ESCAPED BULLETS VERY NEARDEATH THERE HE WAS THEN TAKENAS A PRISONER OF WAR.I FEEL VERY GRATEFUL BECAUSE IWAS 19 YEARS OLD AND COULDTAKE ALL THE ABUSE THEY HAD INPAINTING SOT HE PAINTS FOR FUNAND SAYS A VERY SPECIAL PERSONGOT HIM INTO IT.I STARTED PAINTING BY WATCHINGBOB ROSS ON TELEVISION AND HEMADE IT LOOK SO EASY, MY WIFEWAS WITH ME AND WE WEREWATCHING IT AND SHE SAID I BETYOU CAN DO THAT SO I TOOK HERUP ON IT TO BE CLEAR - THESPECIAL PERSON ISN'T THE ONEWITH CURLY AFRO - BUT THE ONEWHO STOLE HIS HEART.WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO GETMARRIED BECAUSE WE GOT ALONG.YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU METSOMEONE LIKE THAT, THE LOVEWAS THERE LUCILLE PUSHED HIM TOFIND THIS CRAFT AND EVENTHOUGH SHE'S BEEN GONE FORALMOST A YEAR OH I THINKABOUT MY WIFE ALL THETIME.SHE'S STILL WITH METHE LOVE OF A LIFETIME CAN BEFELT IN THIS ROOM.IT WAS SO HAPPILY MARRIED, YOUWOULDN'T BELIEVE A MILESTONEMARRIAGE IT WAS 72 YEARS OFJOY COMPLETE WITH HAPPINESSUNTIL THE END MARRIAGESHOULD BE LIKE THAT NOW - DEANSPENDS HIS TIME THINKING ABOUTLUCILLE AND AS HE PAINTSHE REMEMBERS THEIR LOVE.NAT PAINTING THE STORY BEHINDTHIS ARTIST---IS ONE OFGRATITUDE.LEAH PEZZETTI 13 ACTION NEWSWE ARE RECOGNIZING A NEWVETERAN EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 13ACTION NEWS AT 6 P-M!




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