. This is us at the Marine Corps Birthday ball in November about a month before we got married. Getting a formal gown in Naples , Italy that suited an American woman was not easy, so my wife made her own gown. She has always been good about things like that. We met on July 5, 1982. The officer I was relieving at COMSTRIKFORSOUTH said that of the twenty or so single female U.S. officers at the NATO headquarters, he and his wife had picked out the best for me. I remember asking him, as a joke, why his wife only considered the American women when there were so many nice European women officers at the base. He told me that his wife had pointed out marrying a foreign woman might have a negative impact on my security clearance. I knew plenty of Marine Officers married to Japanese women, and I'm not sure if that was true, but his wife was a very practical woman. The Major took me over to AIRSOUTH to meet Miriam, and he was certainly right about his wife having chosen the cream of the crop. I really felt lucky that these good people set me up with Miriam. I still do , more than three decades later.
And here we are, still alive and kicking.