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A love story 70 years in the making

Posted: 9:03 AM, Feb 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-12 09:03:07-05

Thanks to technology, two people who fell in love during World War II have been reunited. It's a love story 70 years in the making.

Norwood Thomas never stopped thinking about Joyce Morris. The pair first met in 1944. She was a 17-year-old British girl living in London. He was a 21-year-old paratrooper for the U.S. Forces. Young love blossomed.

Joyce said, "I mean we snogged as you call it when it was dark and nobody could see us."

The brief romance was interrupted when Thomas was deployed to Normandy to fight in World War II. After the war, he returned to the U.S. and invited Morris to join him.

But she misunderstood his letter and thought he was already married, so she refused his invitation and they went their separate ways. They married other people.

Thomas eventually became a widower. Morris got divorced. Last year, one of her sons found Thomas online and they reconnected on Skype after more than 70 years.

Joyce: "I have your picture framed on my bureau and I say good morning to you every morning. And say I've missed you to that photo."

Thomas: "And I will say good morning back to you. You broke my heart."

Joyce: "I'm not sure that's true."

Thomas: "What would you do if I could give you a squeeze?"

Joyce: "That would be lovely."

A crowd funding campaign raised enough money to make that actually happen. This week Thomas made the journey from Virginia to Adelaide.

Joyce: "Well you're still vertical… Hello!"

A couple that first met just before D-Day, reuniting seven decades later, just in time for V-Day or Valentine's Day.

Thomas: "It's about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me."