Amidst World War II, a young American soldier fell head over heels in love for an 18-year-old French young lady while he was stationed in her small hometown.
Fast forward 75 years and KT Robbins, presently 97, has finally been reunited with the woman whose picture he has treasured for more than half a century.
Robbins was a 24-year-old soldier in the US Army when he initially looked at Jeannine Ganaye, presently 92, in the northeastern French town of Briey in 1944.
Robbins had been searching for somebody to wash his garments, and her mom agreed to help. The pair quickly fell in love but, two months later, after two months, Robbins was advised he needed to rapidly leave the town and head toward the Eastern Front to battle against the Axis Powers.
Robbins told French television channel France 2:
‘I told her maybe I’ll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that, ‘When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad,’ added Jeannine, whose last name is now Pierson. ‘I wish, after the war, he hadn’t returned to America.’
At the point when the war came at an end in 1945, Pierson started learning basic English phrases, trusting Robbins would one day return for her.
Rather Robbins, who enrolled in the 26th Infantry, First Division in 1940 and later volunteered to serve in a bakery battalion, returned to America. It was there he met and married Lillian, his significant other of 70 years. They worked close by one another in a hardware shop in Mississippi for a long time. She passed away in 2015 at 92 years old.
Pierson also fell in love again. She got married in 1949 and became a mother to five children. But Robbins always remembered about his French sweetheart, keeping a highly contrasting photograph of Pierson and her village tucked away for decades.
And he still had that photo when he was approached by a group of French journalists for a report on World War II veterans in the United States.
Robbins showed them Pierson’s photograph and revealed to them he might want to come back to her village ‘to discover her family’ while he was in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
He assumed that Pierson had passed away, adding: ‘For sure I won’t ever get to see her.’
But the journalists managed to track down Pierson, finding her at a retirement home in Montigny-lès-Metz, Moselle, about 27 miles from where the pair first met. They arranged a reunion for Robbins and Pierson at the retirement home, telling the veteran: ‘She’s alive, and she’s waiting for you’.
According to daily mail: Robbins and Pierson immediately embraced when they were reunited, gazing into each other’s eyes with adoration and joy.
‘I always loved you. You never got out of my heart,’ Robbins told Pierson.
‘He said he loves me. I understood that much,’ Pierson told one of the journalists in French.
Robbins then pulled out the photo of Pierson he had kept for so many decades, telling her: ‘This is you’. ‘Wow,’ she exclaims.
Pierson then asked why Robbins hadn’t come back to see her sooner. ‘I’ve always thought of him, thinking maybe he’ll come,’ she said. ‘I wish he had come back.’
‘You know, when you get married, after that you can’t do it anymore,’ Robbins replied. They spent a few hours together and promised each other that they going to meet again.