World War II veteran KT Robbins recently traveled to Europe for ceremonies commemorating D-Day when reporters gave him a surprise — his French sweetheart was alive and well and waiting for him.
“For sure I won’t ever get to see her,” Mr. Robbins, an American veteran, told reporters while on his way to the 75th anniversary proceedings.
“She’s alive — and she’s waiting for you,” a French journalist replied in a BBC interview published Tuesday.
“No kidding,” the veteran, who was stationed in Briey in 1944, responded while trying to maintain his composure. “Joe, can you believe that!”
BBC’s piece then shows Mr. Robbins meeting up with Jeannine Pierson née Ganaye at a retirement home.
The two, both widowed, met when she was 18 years old.
“I’ve always thought of him, thinking ‘maybe he’ll come.’ I always asked. Always,” Ms. Ganaye said. “When he left in the truck, I cried of course. I was very sad. I wish that after the war, he hadn’t returned to America. Why did he stay over there for so long? Why did he not come back sooner? I wish he had come back.”
The two hope to meet again, BBC reported.
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