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Peggy Seale was born in Vernon, Texas in the 1920s. When she met Billie at the age of 18, she was working at the Altus Oklahoma Air Force Base as an electrical instrument mechanic. In fact, she was the only female mechanic on the base. It was through Billie’s father, an assistant supervisor in the propeller department, that they first met.

Image: via Altus Air Force Base
Image: 97th Air Mobility Wing Historical Office via Altus Air Force Base

However, since Billie was living some distance away in San Antonio, the pair “met” through the mail in the first instance. Indeed, they wrote letters and corresponded for several months. Their acquaintance developed into a friendship and soon the pair were romantically involved. To use the old-fashioned parlance of the day, they started courting.

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Image: via CBS News
Image: via CBS News

After courtship subsequently led to engagement, Peggy Seale married Billie Harris in Florida on September 22, 1943. They were poor – so poor, in fact, that Seale didn’t have enough money to buy Harris a wedding ring. Instead, she gave him her Vernon High School class ring. However, money hardly matters when you’re young and in love.

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