Wartime sweethearts reunited for Valentine’s Day
88 year old Joyce Morris has proved that love can cross both time and distance, when she defied the odds to make contact with her war-time Valentine seven decades after they last had contact.
American paratrooper Norwood Thomas first met Norris during WW II when he was 21, and although they continued to stay in touch after Thomas parachuted into France on D-Day, a fateful misunderstanding in one of Thomas’ letter led Morris to believe he was getting married to someone else, despite that he was actually asking for her hand in marriage. A devastated Morris dropped all communication, and the couple never saw one another again.
That was until this year, when Morris, who now lives in Adelaide, Australia, harnessed the power of the internet, and aided by her son came across an article about WWII veterans in Virginia Beach, Virginia that revealed her old sweetheart was alive and well.
A crowdfunding campaign has raised enough money for the couple to be reunited, with 93 year old Thomas flying the 10,000 miles to enjoy a two week visit to Morris, which included the pair spending a very memorable Valentine’s Day together. “This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me.” said Thomas.