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"The Joy of Listening and Learning" Meeting, Olive Rosen

Just recently, while sharing and signing my books at Joint Base Fort Myer/Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, I met an unforgettable person-Olive Rosen.  Ms. Rosen paused to inquire about my books, and to share some of her life history with me.  I rarely pass up the chance to listen and learn; especially, when someone opens the dialogue with, "I am such a lucky lady to have had such a good life, and to have had such an extraordinary husband, Colonel Melvin H. Rosen, United States, Army.

Colonel Rosen met Olive while traveling the USA with his POW comrades after WWII...these brave men were spending time "refreshing " themselves about what had taken place during WWII, while being held captive.   Colonel Melvin H. Rosen, himself, was in the Bataan March.   Olive was a talented performer...a gifted dancer and singer.  She and her best friend, Sunny Lane, performed alongside the likes of Abbott & Costello, the Andrew Sister's, and Sophie Tucker. 

Olive and Colonel Rosen met, fell in love, and married.  For years and years, they remained devoted to one another.  There years together serving in the US military were "extraordinarily wonderful."  Colonel Melvin H. Rosen devoted 35 years of service to his country, to include his time spent at West Point Military Academy. 

Meeting Olive Rosen was a gift.  I am truly grateful to have had the chance to listen and learn from Olive.

Glenna (Reading Specialist & Director of The Kind Kids Organization)


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