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WW2 Army veteran, 97, and woman he fell in love with during war meet again 75yrs on

Mirror logo Mirror 13/06/2019 Matthew Dresch
Army vet, 97, and woman he fell in love with during war meet again after 75 years

KT Robbins, now 97, and Jeannine Pierson, now 92, were reunited in France



RIP FROM SITE: © France2 Army vet, 97, and woman he fell in love with during war meet again after 75 years KT Robbins, now 97, and Jeannine Pierson, now 92, were reunited in France RIP FROM SITE:

A Second World War American veteran has reunited with his long lost French sweetheart 75 years after they first met in her hometown.

KT Robbins, 97, first met 18-year-old Jeannine Pierson (formerly Ganaye) after asking her mother to help him with his washing while he was stationed in Briey in 1944.

The then-24-year-old fell passionately in love with Jeannine, now 92, although they were torn apart when Robbins was sent to the Eastern Front.

Jeannine said she wept when Robbins left and even learnt some basic English in the hope that he would return, but the veteran moved back to America after the war.

But Robbins never forgot about his sweetheart and held onto her picture for 75 years.

The long lost sweethearts were brought back together 75 years after their first meeting © France2 The long lost sweethearts were brought back together 75 years after their first meeting a man wearing a hat: Robbins was shocked to find out that reporters had tracked down his former lover © France2 Robbins was shocked to find out that reporters had tracked down his former lover

The veteran told French TV channel  France 2 : "I told her maybe I'll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that."

Jeannine said: "I always loved you. You never got out of my heart.

"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."

Robbins and Jeannine found new partners and got married after the war, however their spouses have now both passed away.

a hand holding a piece of paper: He kept a picture of his sweetheart for decades © France2 He kept a picture of his sweetheart for decades a man holding a gun: Jeannine asked him why he never returned to see her, during their reunion © France2 Jeannine asked him why he never returned to see her, during their reunion

The pair met once again when Robbins travelled back to France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Journalists managed to track down his former lover after he showed them her picture, leading to an emotional reunion during which they shared a tender kiss.

After a few hours Robbins had to leave, to take part in a commemoration event, however he promised that they would meet again.

As they parted, the veteran said: “Jeannine, I love you girl.”

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