It has been 70 years since Norwood Thomas fought in World War II. It has also been that long since he met a girl.
It was a few months before Thomas was bound to parachute into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division when he met Joyce Durrant along the banks of River Thames, the Virginia-Pilot reported.
The story is that Thomas and his buddy were on leave and were walking along the river when they noticed two women renting a boat. Thomas introduced himself and suggested they rent two boats instead. So it was Thomas and Durrant in one boat, and their friends in the other.
During the boat ride, the two instantly clicked and exchanged contact information.
They began dating after that. On most weekends they would see each other. They took trips to seaside villages, had dinners at their favorite cafes, and they would go late-night picture shows.
Theirs was a love story that seemed to come straight from the pages of a Nicholas Sparks novel where boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love hard, boy would have married girl and brought her to America had she let him, and then war tears apart boy and girl thus leaving the love story hanging.
Now the two seem to be picking up where they left off.
The two recently reconnected via Skype, as Time reported. They spoke for about two hours, during which they recalled their time together.
After being separated during the war, Thomas moved to North Carolina and started a new love story with “a good woman who helped my mixed-up head straight.”
The girl, who now goes by Joyce Morris, also got married and lived her life. She now lives in Australia.
But these two admit they never stopped thinking of each other.
One day, Morris asked her son–who was fixing her computer–if it was possible to “find people on that thing”, according to Upworthy.
A couple of Google searches later the war-torn lovers reconnected via Skype.
And after the lovebirds’ touching story spread two months ago, it is reported that over 300 people have made donations online in order to make an in-person reunion between the two possible. Over $7,000 in donations through Go Fund Me have been raised and some mailed checks have also been sent directly to Thomas’ house.
It has also been reported that Air New Zealand has made arrangements to fly Thomas and his son, Steve, to Adelaide, Australia for free.
“I’m numb,” Thomas said about the upcoming reunion. “I have no idea what my emotions are going to be once we meet face to face.”
Reports say the two will spend Valentine’s together.