Alice Parse and Myron Maish say they met by accident in March of 1951. Alice’s best friend had a date with Myron’s best friend, and she talked Alice into going on a double date. Myron, who had a previous date already scheduled, cancelled to go on the double date.
The double date location was downtown Kokomo.
“In that time, the thing to do was drive around the square,” Alice said.
Their first impressions of one another were good. Myron thought Alice was cute, and Alice thought Myron was fun.
He called her a few days later, and they began to date. Often, they would frequent the midnight shows on Saturday night in Kokomo.
“We just clicked,” Myron said. “Been clickin’ ever since.”
In May, Alice left Kokomo for several months to be a nanny, so their relationship was put on hold.
When she got back in August, Myron and Alice became exclusive. They didn’t date anyone else.
Two months later, Myron was drafted to the Army and had to leave for training.
The couple was separated yet again.
“It was kind of a series of getting together and not being together, and getting together and not being together,” Alice said.
Although they didn’t want to be apart, Myron left for Camp Breckinridge in Kentucky to train for 16 months.
“It was something we had to do,” Alice said. “We didn’t have a choice, really. At that point, the Army came first.”
Every once in a while during those 16 weeks, guys going through basic would be issued a pass on Saturday saying that they could leave for several hours, but they had to be back on Sunday night at midnight. There was a designated amount of miles they weren’t supposed to travel past, but Myron and a few other Kokomo guys ignored that guideline and would pile in a car to drive 6-7 hours to Kokomo.