Devoted love: Little Falls couple married for 71 years
“Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me,” was the melody Arnold Duevel played on the harmonica for his love, Margaret Lindborg before he shipped out. He had been drafted into the Army in 1942, while World War II was raging.
“It was the closest they got to an engagement,” said their son, John Duevel.
Before Arnold, now 98, left, he also gave Margaret, 99, a locket with photos of both of them inside it.
“I looked a lot at his photo when he was away,” Margaret said.
But life waiting for her loved one to return safely was not easy. Worry and concern became a part of life and many prayers were prayed, Margaret said.
After receiving training, Arnold served as a crew chief in the Air Corps. His responsibility was to ensure that the planes performed accordingly. It was a job he took seriously.
Arnold received a Bronze Medal later for having serviced over 100 flights with no mechanical defects.
“He had 300 missions and all of the airplanes came back,” John said.