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Soldier Sets Up Ruse to Propose

An elaborate ruse staged by a U.S. soldier in Chicago culminated in a silent marriage proposal that spoke volumes.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Fred Herzfeldt lured his girlfriend of two years, JoAn Vargas, into an armory drill room on the premise that Herzfeldt's fellow soldiers were going to present him with an award.

With his family hiding out on the second floor of the building, Herzfeldt got on one knee and presented Vargas with a certificate that read, "Will you marry me?"

Vargas accepted immediately.

"I hardly even read it," Vargas told the Chicago-Sun Times. She said she doesn't usually appreciate a lot of attention.

"It's the only thing us guys have, how we propose," Herzfeldt said. "The rest of the wedding is for the women. The flowers, the tablecloths, everything down to everything is their decision. This is all we got."

As Herzfeldt placed the family diamond on Vargas' finger, she bashfully told him: "I'm so embarrassed. I'm so embarrassed. I'm so embarrassed."

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