MPW.64 / Troy The Greatest Battle by Daniel Stainer
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Daniel Stainer Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Team Lee

Story Summary

Every now and then Fritz puts on his freshly-pressed dress blues to remind him of his 45 years in the Navy.

A decorated WWII veteran, officer and distinguished marksman, Arnold Frederick Kansteiner, better known as Fritz, loves to reminisce.

At 87, the details don't come so easily as Fritz struggles with his Alzheimer's, but he refuses to be defined by his ailment.

He still clearly recalls protecting the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered, or the time he commanded hundreds of men on the USS Tipton.

"He has his good days and his bad days," says Marjorie, his devoted wife and companion of 62 years. They met in Dr. Shrimp's office in Cincinnati after the war, when Fritz applied for a job and spotted a beautiful RN that he just had to get to know.

A soft spoken, gentle man with a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, Fritz has worn many hats in his lifetime: loving husband, father, officer, optometrist, friend and neighbor.

He's fought valiantly in one of the greatest wars in U.S history, and now he's faced with an even greater battle--one in which he refuses to surrender.