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Oregon Woman Marries Her “Any Soldier″

July 22, 1991

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Leslie Glanville responded to a newspaper column last fall about the loneliness many U.S. soldiers in the Persian Gulf felt by sending a Halloween card to ″Any Soldier.″

U.S. Army Sgt. John Morgan, 27, was the lucky recipient. On Saturday, they were married.

″It was just a generic Halloween card because I didn’t know if it would be given to a man or a woman,″ she said. ″I know how exciting it is to get mail and I know how lonely things can get.″

Morgan, a combat engineer from Mount Clemens, Mich., was preparing to move out with his unit to clear mines ahead of Marine lines when he got the letter. He promptly answered with a letter describing life in the camp and asking about her home on a cattle ranch near Westfall in eastern Oregon.

They spoke on the phone for the first time in mid-February, just days before the U.S.-led allies began a ground war to dislodge Iraqi forces from Kuwait. He said he enjoyed her letters and encouraged her to keep sending them.

She did, and her letters often ran to 10 or more pages. She also sent packages of food, books or music.

Morgan returned to Fort Benning, Ga., at Easter, called her and invited her to visit. He said he had realized as early as December that he had found his future wife and bought an engagement ring soon after his return from the Middle East.

Within days of their first meeting, the two were engaged.

The couple plan to make their home at Fort Benning after a honeymoon on the Oregon coast.

″We’re hoping to move to Germany in the next few years,″ she said. ″That’s where John was supposed to go before the war.″

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