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Remembering Those Who Serve: A Special Memorial Day For David Hamm

SPOKANE, WASH. - More than 300 people filled the Fairmount Cemetery today to pay their respects to the fallen and honor those who serve. Every person in attendance was there for a different reason including a proud Marine who was on hand to remember former Cpl. Carol Potts, his old typewriter instructor.

"She was a very patient person," David Hamm recalls.

This story goes back to the 1940's, but for Hamm it feels like yesterday.

"I was a big tough man, but when I saw her my knees got weak," Hamm said. "She was just beautiful."

As beautiful as she was, Hamm knew if his skills got any better on the typewriter he said something had to happen. He recalled today what a friend once told him.

"As soon as you tell those people that you can type 60 words a minute, that girl's going home," Hamm said. "So I started making some mistakes."

Unfortunately she did leave the base soon thereafter, but even though she left it turns out that was only the beginning.

"Either way, that girl went home and we got married a year later," Hamm said. "Had she lasted two more weeks we would have celebrated 65 years of marriage."

Former Corporal Potts passed away last September after spending six decades married to David Hamm.

"That's the highlight of my life," Hamm said. "She was just perfect."

Memorial Day is meant to look back on those we love, and those we've lost. Whatever you do today, have fun, but take a moment and remember. 

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