It has been 75 years since the last time Army veteran K.T. Robbins said goodbye to Jeannine Ganaye, the French girl he had fallen in love with in 1944 when he was fighting in northeastern France during World War II.
In an interview with the television station, France 2, Robbins was asked about his World War II experience, and he showed them the black-and-white photograph of Pierson and recalled the last time they were together.
As he was looking for someone to wash his clothes, one woman agreed; that is how he met Jeannine Pierson, and quickly fell head over heels for her. He was 24 and she was 18.
Robbins lost contact with Pierson after fought on the Eastern Front. He eventually returned to America after the war, got married and resigned himself to never seeing her again.
Beyond Robbins’s wildest dreams, the reporters worked hard to track down Pierson in France. She was still alive and living only 40 miles away from where they once met in the village of Briey.
And finally, last week, they reunited in a heartwarming scene ahead of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. They embraced each other as if it was yesterday.
“I always loved you,”Robbins, 97, gave Pierson, 92 a sweet hug and kiss in her French retirement home “You never got out of my heart.”
“He said he loves me,” Pierson said in French to reporters. “I understood that much.”
Pierson told Today as Robbins left in the truck: “I cried, of course, I was very sad. I wish, after the war, he hadn’t returned to America.”
They say the most romantic kind of love is the unfinished kind. The kind that will burn and mark your soul.