ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- He loved her, while she said they were just friends. Now, seven decades later, Joe Datsko is lovingly retyping the letters his future wife wrote to him while he served in the Navy in World War II.
Eventually, the flame of mutual love kindled, and Datsko married University of Michigan classmate Doris Ross on Aug. 8, 1946. Their marriage brought five children and lasted until her death on Valentine's Day 2010.
Soon after, Datsko began creating a typed record of the 718 hand-written letters, a project still under way.
The 90-year-old Ann Arbor man says his future bride may have been coy, but he wasn't. He tells AnnArbor.com that he expressed his love in "just about every letter" he wrote and even proposed marriage on one.