97-year-old US veteran reunites with 92-year-old French woman he fell in love with 75 years ago during WWII
There are few things in life more heartwarming than the reunion of two lovers. Sometimes, reuniting two people who fell in love but were forced apart by circumstance can take a very, very long time, as this story shows.
An American veteran who fell in love with a French girl all the way back in the 1940s during World War II has now managed to meet his former flame as a 92-year-old, finally getting the chance to see her again, reuniting after an extraordinary 75 years apart.
The 97-year-old K.T. Robbins first met Jeannine Ganaye as a serviceman while stationed in Briey, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France during the war.
The two fell in love, but sadly things were cut short when after two months K.T. was sent to the eastern front. Although Robbins eventually got married after the end of the war, he never forgot about Jeannine, and pledged to one day find her again.
Their touching reunion took place in France on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing, with the help of a French TV crew covering the historic event. Journalists tracked found Jeannine at a retirement home in Montigny-lès-Metz, Moselle, about 27 miles from where the pair first met.
The couple seemed to be just as enamoured with each other as they had been in their youths, embracing and kissing tenderly. Jeannine told the crew: "When he left in the truck, I cried, of course, I was very sad. I wish after the war he hadn’t returned to America."