WWII Veteran Reunites With First Love 75 Years Later

It is often said that a person never forgets their first love. No matter how much time passes, the memory of that special person remains. Even when life’s priorities change, there will always be moments when a person wonders where their former lover is and how they’ve fared.

For K.T. Robbins, a D-Day veteran, it took over 75 years to finally get answers about the woman who first stole his heart.

In 1944, a 24-year-old Robbins was stationed in Briey, a northeastern village in France. It was during his time there that he met then-18-year-old Jeannine Ganaye. According to the Irish Post, the pair met when Robbins was looking for someone to do his laundry, and Ganaye’s mother stepped up to help.

It didn’t take long before the American serviceman and the French teen became lovers.

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Unfortunately for the war-time lovers, Robbins, was given a new assignment just two months later, forcing him to leave. His sudden departure for the Eastern Front made it impossible for him and Ganaye to continue courting.

“I told her maybe I’ll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that,” Robbins recalled.

Ganaye held out hope that the soldier would return once the war ended. She even learned basic English so she could communicate with Robbins.

“When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad,” Ganaye explained. “I wish, after the war, he hadn’t returned to America.”

Robbins also longed for his lover, keeping a black-and-white photograph of Ganaye with him.

Both Robbins and Ganaye moved on eventually. Upon returning home to Memphis, Robbins met his wife of 70 years, Lillian. As for Ganaye, she tied the knot with another man in 1949. The ex-lovers started their own separate families, with Ganaye welcoming five children over the years.

Still, neither could forget the bond they once shared.

“We had a good life together,” Robbins said of his late wife. “We were married 70 years, but this other thing [Ganaye] was still in my heart.”

Recently, Robbins showed the old photograph of his long-lost lover to reporters during the filming of a report on Veterans in the U.S. for France 2. Little did he know that the gesture would change his life.

Earlier this month, Robbins, now 97, was among the delegation of veterans who traveled to Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. While in France, the journalists surprised him with the news that Ganaye was still alive and wanted to meet him.  

More than seven decades later, the former lovers were reunited. They hugged, kissed and exchanged sweet sentiments.

“I always loved you. You never got out of my heart,” Robbins told Ganaye. He showed her the photograph he kept since all these years. Shocked, Ganaye replied, “Wow.”

Ganaye admitted that she wished Robbins returned to her village, but after the war, his circumstances changed.

“You know, when you get married, after that you can’t do it anymore,” Robbins said.

The couple spent a few hours together, before Robbins made his way to Normandy for the D-Day events. This time, he made sure to declare his love for Ganaye and make plans to meet up again soon.

Robbins, who now lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi, invited Ganaye and her children to visit him soon. Watch the sweet reunion in the video below:

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They Survived WW2 And Just Proved That Not Even “Death Could Do Them Part”

A couple who both served in the Second World War took the saying “love never dies” to heart, when they passed away within hours of each other.

Isabell and Preble Staver first met on a blind date, but had to put their romance on hold when World War II broke out. Isabell served as a nurse for the Navy and Preble was a Marine, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his tenure.

Five months after the war ended, Isabell and Preble wed on February 15, 1946, which led to over seven decades of marriage.

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“They were great people. Mom really taught me that you can’t change another person but you can change your attitude towards them. Dad was a bit of a prickly pear!” the couple’s daughter, Laurie Staver Clinton told PEOPLE. “Dad was the strict one. Mom tried to be strict, but we knew what we could get away with her. It was pretty much a father rules the roost sort of thing.”

The family moved from city to city for Preble’s work as a lobbyist and banker, while Isabell stayed at home to raise the pair’s five children. She would eventually return to the workforce as a nurse.

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Laurie Staver Clinton

However, tragedy struck when the parents suffered the loss of one of their sons, Peter, who died in 1975 during the last football game of his senior year.

“Something like that can either tear a couple apart, but they made a pact to get through it together. They really were each other’s support team,” Staver Clinton said.

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Laurie Staver Clinton

The couple would face further heartbreak when Isabell was diagnosed with dementia.

4 Real WWII Love Stories That You Won’t Be Able To Stop Reading

When was the last time you received a handwritten letter in the mail? It’s likely been a long time now that we have the use of text, email and social media to keep us connected to our loved ones.

In the time of World War II, handwritten letters were one of the few ways for loved ones to communicate with soldiers fighting overseas. These untold stories by young lovers are ones that inspire the meaning of devotion and carrying on a relationship even if you don’t see each other for years.  

Get your tissues ready, because these stories will show you what true love is.

A letter postmarked May 1945 was discovered in a gap under the stairs while Melissa Fahy and her father were renovating their home.

It was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen who was a sailor in the Norwegian Navy.

“Dearest Husband, I still have a few minutes on my lunch hour and I was dreaming about you so I thought I’d write to my favorite pin-up boy. Are you as lonesome for me as I am for you?” Virgina wrote.

“I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun,” she continued. “That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me.”

That’s when Melissa attempted to find the owners of the letter and finally deliver it.

Just a few hours after posting on Facebook, she tracked down the couple’s son in California.

The son read the letter to his 96-year-old father. Virginia had died six years previous.

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When Thomas was deployed overseas during WWII the couple was merely dating, but remained connected through their letters that they wrote every day.

“They were merely dating, yet they wrote each other every day for 3 years, 3 months and 4 days during the war,” said their granddaughter Meghan Coomes Hagedorn.

Their most touching letter, was one Agnes wrote on New Year’s Eve in 1943.

“The opening line was, ‘I can’t believe we didn’t see each other the entire year of 1943.’ She documented her entire New Year’s Eve that night, writing, ‘I’ll write when the bells are ringing,’ and then, ‘Happy New Year, darling, the bells are ringing, it’s 12 a.m.’ It’s like six pages long, it’s so incredible. They numbered their letters and wrote in secret code so she always knew where he was. It was very romantic,” Meghan said.

Their love and devotion to each other inspired Meghan to create her own jewelry line using replicas of the thousand of letters her grandparents exchanged.

“I only used the original letter for a few pieces of jewelry, everything else is a copy,” she says.

While Thomas died in 1999 at the age of 80, and Agnes passed away in December 2016 at the age of 94, these pieces of jewelry will have their love live through their family.

“My grandmother said, ‘I never thought anybody would care about those old letters!’ ” Hagedorn recalls. “She thought it was so neat. She got to revisit that part of her life 70 years later. It was a really special thing that we got to do together.”

Meghan’s favorite letters, are those her grandmother signed with a kiss.

“She kissed all of her letters with Revlon pink and red lipstick. The color has maintained all these years. The lipstick-kissed letters are really special because it’s like her little fingerprint, it’s so unique,” she says. “And my grandfather signed his letters with, “With an ocean of love and a kiss on every wave,’ which was really romantic.”

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The stories don’t end here, though.