70 years after they went their separate ways, a World War II veteran was granted his longtime wish to be reunited with his long lost love.
93-year-old Norwood Thomas has never forgotten Joyce Morris, a British woman he met while deployed overseas. According to the Virginian-Pilot, the two met along the banks of the River Thames shortly before Thomas parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day.
Thomas loved her deeply, and hoped to marry her once her returned home. He sent a letter from his hometown in Virginia, asking Morris to come to America and be his wife. There was a miscommunication between the two, which made Morris believe her American beau had already wed another woman. Just like that, their whirlwind romance came to an end – until now.
After years of wondering what happened to her former love, Morris asked her son Rob if she could use a computer to help find someone from her past. After he searched for “Norwood Thomas, 101st Airborne,” Rob stumbled upon a news article about Thomas. Soon, the two were finally reunited over the phone.
Following a brief chat, the two quickly made plans for a video date. They reminisced about how they met and courted. They would take long walks together, visited cafes and watched films. After their final letter, they both went on to marry other people. Joyce started a family and moved to Australia. Thomas settled down in Virginia after many tours in the Army.
Although still young at heart, both Joyce and Thomas are suffering from failing health. Thomas is dealing with prostate cancer, while Joyce is losing her sight. Still, this special moment brought a feeling of joy that neither had felt in decades.
“Tell me,” Norwood asked Morris with a smile, staring into his computer’s webcam. “Do you see me now?”
“No,” she replies softly. “No, I can’t see properly.”
“Well, I’ll tell ya,” he says happily. “I’m smiling.”
Joyce replies with a bright smile. “I bet you are.”
Grab some tissues and click below to see a snippet of Morris and Thomas’s gleeful reunion.