February 10, 2016 12:31 pm
Updated: February 10, 2016 9:01 pm

93-year-old WW2 vet reunites with wartime love after 70 years apart

WATCH: Can true love survive a lifetime apart? A romance between Norwood Thomas, 93, and Joyce Morris, 88, fizzled out after the Second World War. But as Mike Drolet reports, today, after 72 years apart, they were back in each others' arms.


SYDNEY — Norwood Thomas, a 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend Joyce Morris in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.

Thomas and 88-year-old Morris laughed as they wrapped their arms around each other after Thomas flew from Virginia to the southern Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love.

“This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” Thomas said, in a reunion broadcast on Channel 10 Australia’s The Project.

“Good,” Morris replied with a laugh. “We’re going to have a wonderful fortnight.”

WATCH: A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States arrived in Australia on Wednesday to meet his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.

Morris was a 17-year-old British girl and Thomas was a 21-year-old paratrooper when they first met in London shortly before D-Day. After the war, he returned to the U.S. The pair wrote letters to each other, and Thomas asked Morris to come to the U.S. to marry him. But somehow Morris misunderstood and thought he’d found someone else, so she stopped writing.


The two eventually married other people. Thomas’ wife died in 2001; Morris divorced her husband after 30 years.

In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2015, Norwood Thomas, 93, talks with Joyce Morris via Skype from his home in Virginia Beach, Va.

Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP

Last year, Morris asked one of her sons to look for Thomas online, and they found his name featured in an article about D-Day that ran in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Thomas and Morris reconnected via Skype. After their story went public, hundreds of people made donations to help fund Thomas’ trip to Australia from his hometown in Virginia Beach.

The two are planning to spend Valentine’s Day together.

© 2016 The Associated Press

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