My 91-yr. old mother-in-law, Orabel Clark, had another life way before I met her in 1977. While still in her early 20s she'd joined the U.S. Army in wartime, met and married a Yankee from Pennsylvania, traveled the world, became a widow, and received the Bronze Star for bravery and valor while taking care of soldiers in a makeshift Army Hospital near Manilla as it was under attack.
This is a photo of her and her first husband, Daniel around the time of their December 1943 marriage near Camp Howze. They didn't have much time together before Daniel was sent back to the Western Front and was subsequently killed in combat somewhere in Germany, March of 1945. She was serving in the South Pacific and received news of her husband's death while there.
After the war Orabel met and married Jimmy Clark. The couple had three sons, one of whom grew up to be my husband.
Orabel still has a trunk full of memories in her North Dallas apartment. That's where we found this sweet photograph (and others) of her and her young Captain Daniel Filburn.