Veteran, 93, Flies to Australia To Reunite With His Wartime Girlfriend After 70 Years Apart
A 93-year-old World War II veteran has flown across the world to reunite with his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.
Norwood Thomas, from Virginia, and 88-year-old Joyce Morris laughed as they embraced each other after Thomas touched down in Adelaide, Australia, where Morris now lives.
"This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me," Thomas told Channel 10's "The Project."
Laughing, Morris said: "Good. We're going to have a wonderful fortnight."
The duo met shortly before D-Day, when Morris was 17 and Thomas, a parachutist with the 101st Airborne, was 21.
Thomas previously told INSIDE EDITION that he and a buddy were in a London suburb, on a bridge overlooking the Thames, when they spied two young women "down on the river in a boat."
"So my friend and I walked down and suggested we rent two boats, so they could row us around for a while," he said. The line worked.
"From there it developed into something much more intense," he said.
But after Thomas shipped out, they went their separate ways. The pair wrote letters to each other and Thomas asked Morris to travel to the U.S. to marry him, the Associated Press reported. But Morris misunderstood and thought he had found someone else, so she stopped writing to him.
Both eventually married other people.
Thomas' wife died in 2001, while Morris divorced her husband after 30 years.
Then last year, Morris asked one of her sons to look for her former flame, and they found his name in a Virginian-Pilot article about D-Day.
They were able to speak over Skype and, once the newspaper shared their story, strangers donated thousands of dollars so they could reconnect in real life.
Over the weekend, Thomas finally took an Air New Zealand flight with his son, Steve, to reunite with his long-lost love.
Thomas told IE that he planned to visit museums with Morris on his two-week trip. They are also planning to spend Valentine's Day together.