Colonel Alex Johnson is a World War Two veteran, aged ninety-five, and recently wrote this story in response to a request from a military unit in the United Kingdom. This romantic tale contrasts sharply with his service in the actual 1939-1945 campaign, which included the utter hell of Sword beach during the Normandy landings. To still have the energy and capacity to recall and write about those times is quite remarkable, and he still gives his time freely in delivering talks to all kinds of groups, from school children to senior citizens in the Northeast of England. He somehow manages to squeeze in games of competitive team bowls twice a week. A truly inspirational man.