Norwood Thomas, of the 101st Airborne, reunited with his wartime sweetheart, Joyce Morris, this past Wednesday. It’s been over 70 years since they last saw each other, and Thomas has had to fly a world away, from Virginia Beach to Adelaide, Australia, in order to reconnect with his long-lost love.
The two met in London shortly before Thomas flew out to Normandy for D-Day. After the war, Thomas returned to the good ol’ US of A, but he kept in touch with his dear Joyce through letters. Eventually he wrote to her asking her to come to the US and marry him. In some insane mix up, she somehow interprets his letter to mean he’s moved on with someone else and stops writing him.
They went on with their separate lives, marrying other people and having families on opposite sides of the world. Morris divorced her husband after 30 years of marriage, and Thomas has been widowed for 15 years. Last year, Morris had her son search for Norman Thomas online, and he found a Virginian-Pilot article about D-Day featuring his name.
Their first reunion was over Skype, and after a GoFundMe page raised enough money Thomas hopped on a plane to see his girl in person after 70 years.
“This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” Thomas said, in a reunion broadcast on Channel 10’s “The Project.”
“Good,” Morris replied with a laugh. “We’re going to have a wonderful fortnight.”
The two are spending Valentine’s Day together, and from the sounds of it are going to be having one hell of a time to make up for all their lost time..
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