WWII veteran reunites with wartime girlfriend after 70 years apart

Their love story has spanned more than seven decades and ten thousand miles. Ninety-three-year-old Norwood Thomas flew from Virginia to Australia to reunite with 88-year-old Joyce Morris, a British women he met during the second world war and has not seen since.

Norwood is a World War II veteran. He was a 21-year-old U.S. paratrooper when he met Joyce, who was 17 years old at the time. The two met in London shortly before D-Day.

Thomas told his local newspaper that the military ordered him to return home before he could say goodbye but the couple exchanged letters.The two eventually lost touch, married other people and started families.

But Norwood always thought of the young British girl as the one who got away.

She must've thought the same thing, too, because they finally reconnected last year on Skype after Joyce asked her sons to search for Norwood on the Internet. Their story went viral and fueled a public fundraising campaign to send Norwood to Australia.

He arrived in the southern city of Adelaide with the help of his son, Steve, to finally see Joyce for the first time in seventy years.

Norwood's wife died in 2001 and Joyce is divorced from her husband of thirty years. 

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