Sgt. Clarence H. Dubose's widow has been holding on to his memory and his United States of America Flag that was draped over his coffin before he was laid to rest in 2002.

On Monday, Evelyn Dubose presented the flag to members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8621. Her choice to pass along one of her most treasured possessions was not an easy one, but a choice that she knew she had to make.

Sgt. Dubose enlisted into the US Army and fought in World War II. He served from 1942 through 1945.

The couple met at a dance in Sandia at the Rifle Club; a dance that she didn't want to attend, but her parents insisted she go. After the dance, they began to write letters to each other and in one of those letters was a marriage proposal.

"There were no phones and his uncles told him not to get married until he got back from service because he may not get back," Evelyn said. "So after he went to the Army he said I don't see no reason why we couldn't get married. So when he had his first furlough he wrote me a letter that said if you're still willing to get married make the arrangements."

Upon his return they did get married in a very simple ceremony. He was dressed in his uniform and her in a simple suit, no wedding dress and no flowers, she said.

They were married for 40 years before his death. They raised four daughters who were raised to respect the men and women who served their country.

While he was fighting for his country, Evelyn was at home with a young child. But she did not stay home and support her husband quietly. Instead she joined the workforce. She worked on airplanes at the Corpus Christi Depot along side her sister.

He was part of several war campaigns including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Forces Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with five bronze stars, French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre and Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation with three bronze cluster.

The flag will be placed in the VFW Meeting Room where other soldiers can view and cherish it.