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These sweethearts were also devoted to serving our country.

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Ahead of Valentine's Day, we have the sweet story of a couple who both spent about half of their almost 50-year long marriage also devoted to serving our country.

For Chuck and Marie Heimerdinger of Marshall,it actually all began with a double date -- but not with each other. Marie's date was in the Air Force. That's how he knew Chuck.

"Can you find a girl for him? Marie remembers her date asking. "I said, sure! We double dated. (Chuck) got the other girl."

"Yeah, I dated the other girl," Chuck added. "Her named was Patty."

They were in San Antonio. Marie was a nursing student at a girls college, Incarnate Word. Chuck decided that was just the school to take a medical course.

"I literally dated every single nursing student in the course," he boasted.

Chuck eventually found his way back to Marie. They were a match and got married.

But now she was in the Navy, and the Air Force sent Chuck to Korea for a couple of years. When he got back in 1966, she left active duty so they could be together and start their family as she worked as a nurse. Then she rejoined the Navy Reserves 15 years later and eventually made captain, just as chuck had done in the Air Force.

This year they'll mark another big milestone together.

"On the 20th of October it'll be 50 years," Chuck announced as he and Marie looked through their wedding album.

Asked about the secret to a long marriage, both chuckled, then Marie said with another laugh, "He finds his corner, I find my corner, we meet in the middle every now and again."

"I'm not going to trade her in," says Chuck.

"He's a good guy. We'll keep him around," Marie added.

She's made sure of that. Chuck is diabetic. He says Marie with her nurse training has saved him more times than he can count.

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