Bill Moore — a 90-year-old Aurora, Colo., resident — was just 20 when he fought in Patton's Third Army in 1945. Even then, he knew he had already met the love of his life, Bernadean Gibson, whom he would later marry and remain with for 63 years, raising three children, according to Denver's ABC 7.
He wrote Bernadean from the war and although she saved them all, somehow the letters were lost, with only photocopies remaining.
One of those letters found its way back to Moore via a woman who found it tucked away in an old record purchased at a thrift store a few towns away. Moore was reunited with the letter in a tearful moment captured by ABC 7.
For Moore, whose beloved wife died in 2010, the letter was a reminder of an era when letters meant everything to couples separated by time, war, and distance. "When you're apart for that reason," Moore told ABC 7, "not knowing if and when you'd ever see that person again, every chance you got to communicate was just wonderful."
The letter reads in part,
"My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean,
I ran out of space, but I could have written a lot more adjectives describing you. You are so lovely, darling, that I often wonder how it is possible that you are mine."
"I'm really the luckiest guy in the world, you know. And you are the reason, Bernadean. Even your name sounds lovely to me."
"It's difficult talking out loud about it to other people," Moore told ABC 7. "But I loved her and she loved me."