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'You bet your sweet life': Guadalcanal veteran marries after 30-year courtship

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Former Marine Jack Wright, 88, marries his girlfriend of 30 years, Shirlene King, 57, in the oncology radiation department of the Veterans Administration hospital in Los Angeles on May 7, 2013. Wright decided to marry King in the hospital after undergoing cancer treatment there.

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Jack Wright chats to his friend Bob Feldman before the ceremony.

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Wright puts a ring on the finger of his girlfriend of 30 years.

Shirlene King thought the moment would never come, but after a 30-year courtship, she finally got her wedding day, NBC Los Angeles reports.

She married her sweetheart of three decades, 88-year-old Jack Wright, on Tuesday. 

The former Marine is one of 11 remaining U.S. survivors of the Battle for Guadalcanal in World War II, Reuters reports. 

The couple were wed in the hallway of the oncology department at the West Los Angeles veterans hospital, where a gravely ill Wright is receiving chemotherapy. Doctors, nurses and friends looked on during the hospital's first-ever wedding.

Despite his serious condition, Wright's humor and devotion were evident.

In response to one of the vows -- instead of answering with the traditional "I do" or "I will" -- Wright answered, "You bet your sweet life." Read more at NBC Los Angeles.

 

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Shirlene King greets the wedding guests.

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Wright kisses his bride's hand.

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Photos of the bride and groom lie on the cake table.

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The couple are seen during their wedding reception.

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