Once More with Feeling

By Sondra Forsyth

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Atkinsons second wedding

Rosalie & John Atkinson

After World War II, John went to work on the assembly line at a General Motors plant in Delaware but stayed in the Navy Reserve. When the Korean War came along he was called up and later decorated for bravery after being badly burned while attempting to save fellow sailors during a shipboard explosion.

"I was home alone in Delaware with a young child during the months he was at the Naval Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia," recalls Rosalie. "It wasn't easy." John made a full recovery, was discharged from the Navy with a rank of engineman second class in 1953, and went back to work at General Motors, where he eventually became a supervisor.

After 60 years of a mix of drama and bliss, the couple felt that they had plenty to celebrate. Says John: "Renewing our vows gave us the chance to count our blessings received during our many decades as husband and wife."

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