World War II sweethearts reunite after more than 70 years

Photo courtesy Nine News Australia

(CNN) — Norword Thomas and Joyce Morris fell in love during World War II, but a misunderstanding pulled them apart.

Thomas never stopped thinking about Morris. The pair first met in 1944 — she, a 17-year-old British girl living in London, and he, a 21-year-old paratrooper for the U.S. forces.

Young love blossomed, but their brief romance was interrupted when Thomas was deployed to Normandy to fight in World War II.

After the war, he returned to the U.S. and invited Morris to join him.

But she misunderstood his letter and thought he was already married, so she refused his invitation and they went their separate ways.

They married other people. Thomas eventually became a widower and Morris got divorced.

Last year, one of Morris’ sons found Thomas online, and they reconnected on Skype after more than 70 years.

A crowdfunding campaign raised enough money for them to meet in person. This week, Thomas made the journey from Virginia to Adelaide in South Australia.

The two finally reunited after seven decades, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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