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This man is one of the most inspirational people I have come across in my life. Charles "Lelo" Fitzgerald was born in the Philippines in 1934. He was about 6 years old when the Japanese invaded, separating himself and his six other brothers and sister from their mother. They were forced to survive in the jungle for 5 years as World War II came to an end, enduring hardship, hunger, and the passing of one of his brothers from disease. Once the war ended, he resumed first grade at the age of 11 having to use banana leaves as paper for school. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served for over 40 years. At the age of 81, he is still able to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Tagalog and still remembers his childhood vividly. We are all so thankful to have you in our lives.

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