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Soldier Returns To Take Pen Pal To High School Prom

April 30, 1991

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A 23-year-old Navy corpsman returned from the Persian Gulf War in time to take his pen pal to her senior prom.

Maury Champoux was stationed in Bahrain when he received a letter addressed to any serviceman or servicewoman from Lynn Cornelius, 17, a senior at Omaha Bryan High School.

Champoux, who is from Nebraska, said he picked Cornelius’ letter because it was from Omaha. They started corresponding, averaging a letter every two weeks.

Cornelius wrote that she was considering going to her prom alone.

″I told her if she didn’t have a date I would be glad to escort her for the evening,″ Champoux said.

The two met in March when Champoux returned to Nebraska. Although Champoux is engaged to someone else, Cornelius asked him to escort her to Byran’s prom on Saturday.

True to his word, Champoux accepted the invitation.

Champoux said his fiance, Wendy Svoboda, ″gives me a hard time about it, but she really thinks it’s kind of neat what I’m doing.″

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