Reunions
WWII vet finally reunites with woman 75 years after they fell in love
It took 75 years for the reunion to take place, but it's just as beautiful as one might expect.
Elijah Chan
10.28.21

It was a love that will last them a lifetime.

Two souls, tempered by war but bound by love, defied all odds and met each other after 75 years in an emotional reunion.

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YouTube Screenshot - FRANCE 24 English

Just in time for a D-Day anniversary event in Normandy, K.T. Robbins had the chance to continue an overdue love story. Robbins, much like most men in their prime who joined the war, met a woman when he stayed in northeastern France in 1944.

The flurry of violence and the unpredictability of life made young lovers hopeful and idealistic.

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Such is Robbins and his sweetheart “Jeannine Ganaye”. But as war tore lovers apart, Robbins and Ganaye, now bearing the surname Pierson, found themselves in a love story with pending pages. Robbins had to be reassigned and Pierson continued to live in France.

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“When he left in the truck, I cried, of course, I was very sad,” said Pierson to Euronews. “I wish after the war he hadn’t returned to America.”

She remained hopeful, however, even learning some basic English phrases in hopes that Robbins would one day return for her. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Robbins kept a picture of Pierson and has kept it close all these years.

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As years passed, they knew they had to move on.

They married their partners and raised their own families. Robbins admitted that after getting married, going back to France was not just something he could do.

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But finally, at 97 years old, Robbins returned to Normandy.

It was his first time doing so after the hard-fought war. But this time, his mission would not only take him to the shores where he once fought. With the help of the picture and the information Robbins gave, a local news crew successfully tracked down his wartime sweetheart.

Robbins was convinced that she was long gone, as was expected from people from his generation.

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So he couldn’t believe his luck when the news crew broke the news. Jeannine Ganaye Pierson was still alive and well. That all these years, on the other side of the Atlantic, their love was only waiting to continue.

Their meeting started with an ecstatic greeting.

Through the glass-cased hallways, Pierson’s name echoed from Robbins’s lips.

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Pierson reached out for his face, like long-lost lovers finally making their way back to each other. They spent the afternoon catching up. All throughout, they held hands and locked their gazes on each other’s eyes.

“I always loved you. You never got out of my heart,” Robbins said to Pierson.

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When it was finally time to go, the couple shared a quick sweet kiss. None of them seemed interested in letting go just yet, fully aware that these moments don’t come too often. Most especially for people like them.

But in the end, two souls had found their way back in each other’s arms.

They made it through the ravages of war, through the distance, and through the years of longing.

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YouTube Screenshot - FRANCE 24 English

And if that’s not a great love story, we don’t know what is.

Watch these two wartime lovers reunite for the first time after 75 years in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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