After 75 years ex-American solder reunited with his first love, a French woman, whom he met during World War II at the age of 24 and their romance was for short duration.
The 98-year-old K.T. Robbins finally had the chance of meeting 92-year-old Jeannine on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day with the help of a French TV crew. He was seen embracing her seeing once again after about three quarters of a century.
Robbins said to the lady, who was just 18 when they first met, “I always loved you. You never got out of my heart.”
It was an emotional reunion for the wartime lovers. The soldier showed her lost love a photo of her that he had kept with him for so many years.
During the war Robbins was stationed in Briey, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle, and had fallen in love with Jeannine Pierson. But his romance was cut short after he was shifted to the eastern front. Later, on his return to United States he got married to a different girl in the country, but never forgot the first love.
Before the 75th anniversary D-Day a French TV was making a story on WWII veterans and came across the photo of Jeannine from Robbins’ photo albums.
Robbins revealed to the journalists he wanted to find Jeannine and her family in France, but probably won’t see her as she may not be living at such an old age.
The journalists tried tracking his first love and found she was still alive. They captured the emotional reunion in camera.
Jeannine said, “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.”
Jeannine had learned English after the end of the war keeping hope that Robbins would return back to her some day.
After few hours of reunion Robbins left and promised to meet her again.
He said, “Jeannine, I love you girl.”