Kelly: One veteran recalls stories of songs, Sinatra and service

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:00 am

An enlisted member of the Navy WAVES, the young woman hurried offstage after singing for World War II sailors. A male singer waiting to go on reached for her arm as she ran by. “What's your hurry, little girl?” As she looked into his blue eyes, her own eyes widened. He asked her to return to the stage to sing a duet played by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. “Do you know 'Now Is the Hour'?” the singer asked. “Sing the harmony, and I'll sing the melody.”

On a recent day at her Omaha apartment, Eugenia Orlich Hartig, 89, sat at her piano, playing and singing the song she sang at that USO event long ago in San Francisco — with Frank Sinatra.

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