KT Robbins held on to a black and white photograph of Jeannie Pierson for years. That photo came in handy when he showed it to journalists who had come to interview him for a report on WWII veterans. They managed to track her down, and was successful in reuniting the lovebirds.
During World War II, a young American soldier fell deeply in love with a French girl while he was stationed at her hometown Briey reports Mirror. 97-year-old KT Robbins first met an 18-year-old Jennine Pierson when he asked her mother for help with washing his clothes in 1944. The then young 24-year-old was head over heels in love with Jeannine who is now 92-years-old. But their courtship didn't last long as Robbins was transferred to the Eastern Front soon after.
"I always loved you. You never got out of my heart."— The Abbeyfield Society (@TheAbbeyfield) June 13, 2019
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After 75 years apart, a 97-year-old American veteran has been reunited with a woman he fell in love with during WW2.#ThursdayThoughts (via @Pretty52)https://t.co/mjUje7tikg
Jennine revealed that she picked up some basic English hoping he would return, but when he didn't she didn't have any choice other than weeping her pain away. Robbins who was enlisted in the 26th Infantry, First Division in 1940, had moved back to America to volunteer his services in a bakery battalion after the war came to an end. He claimed that he could never forget about his sweetheart and had been holding onto a picture of her for more than 75 years. Now, if that's not true love, I don't know what is!
A D-Day veteran was reunited with his wartime girlfriend in France 75 years after they last saw each other. After spending two months together in 1944, KT Robbins was posted to the Eastern Front and then returned home to America – but he never forgot Jeannine. #TheLatest #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/xwJn9HHgwq— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 12, 2019
"I told her maybe I'll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that," said the veteran to France 2, a French TV channel. Jennine too added, "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." Shortly after returning to America, the 97-year-old met his wife of 70 years, Lillian who passed way in 2015 at the age of 92. Jennine too chose to move on with her life and fell for a man who she married in1949 and gave birth to five beautiful children.
So beautiful. KT Robbins first met Jeannine when he was stationed in France during the war. 😍💕 https://t.co/EeBWGjIJcZ— Nine.com.au (@Ninecomau) June 13, 2019
Despite it being more than seven decades later, Robbins still held on to a black and white reminder of his former love. He had tucked it away somewhere safe and showed it to a group of French journalists when they were doing a report on several World War II veterans in the US. He confessed that he wished to return to the village in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day so that he could find her family because he was convinced that his lady love had passed away. "For sure I won't ever get to see her," he said.
Separated During WWII, Their Love Lasted Until They Reunited 75 Years Later: The year was 1944 and 24-year-old American soldier KT Robbins was stationed in Briey, in eastern France, waiting to be shipped to the Eastern Front. That’s where he met and fell… https://t.co/NE2hbJF6Bg pic.twitter.com/Ij4wGZzHci— NLP Dynamics (@NLP_Dynamics) June 12, 2019
Instantly the journalists knew that they had to track her down. They successfully located Jeannine at a retirement home in Montigny-lès-Metz, Moselle, which was about 27 miles away from the spot the two had first met. Thankfully, the team set up a reunion for the lovebirds while informing Robbins, "She's alive, and she's waiting for you." Robbins exclaimed, "No kidding!" When the two finally met, the joy and adoration for each other knew no bounds.
Je repartage encore à nouveau, les plus belles retrouvailles #KTRobbins #JeannineGanaye ne cessent de nous émouvoir... 75 ans après et le monde est ému... les larmes aux yeux ! De l’espoir et de l’amour pour chacun... pic.twitter.com/3WxJrcYrPX— Laure Halligon (@laure496) June 12, 2019
The heart-melting scene unfolded as the two immediately embraced each other. Robbins then looked at the love of his life and said, "I always loved you. You never got out of my heart." The 92-year-old then told the French journalists, "He said he loves me. I understood that much." The veteran was quick to pull out a picture of her that he had treasured for years. Showing it to her he said, "This is you." Gazing at the picture, she exclaimed, "Wow!"
"I've always thought of him, thinking maybe he'll come," she said. "I wish he had come back." Jeannine then asked the veteran why he didn't meet her sooner to which he replied, "You know, when you get married, after that you can't do it anymore." Before leaving for the anniversary celebrations in Normandy, the veteran was able to spend a few hours with his long lost love. Before leaving her once again he said, "Jeannine, I love you girl" with tears in his eyes and planted a kiss on her lips after 75 years. The two parted once again, but this time the widowed couple promised to meet each other again.
🇺🇸 .@AgnesVahramian, the French journalist who could locate Jeannine, tells us how she found out about the first love story of a d-day veteran, KT Robbins, 98 years old. They met during the war in 1944 in Eastern France and we reunited them for the first time 75 years later. pic.twitter.com/5Qoyxo2OaQ— Le 20Heures France2 (@20hFrance2) June 13, 2019