World War II Vet Reads A 70-Year-Old Letter He Wrote To His Late Wife (Video)
A 90-year-old war veteran has found the love letter he wrote his wife 70 years ago while serving overseas.
The note was sent by Bill Moore of Aurora, CO, to Bernadean Gibson on Dec. 29, 1944, Daily Mail reports, when the World War II veteran was just 20 years old.
The letter begins,
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.
The two met in high school and married as soon as Moore came back to the US from Europe.
They had three children and stayed married for 63 years.
Gibson, of Fredonia, KS, died in April of 2010.
Moore moved into an assisted care facility for veterans soon after.
His letter was recently discovered in a record sleeve purchased from a thrift store by Ilene Ortiz in Westminster, CO.
She contacted ABC-7 hoping to find its writer, and the station had Moore read the letter aloud in a tear-jerking clip.
Moore sold a great deal of his belongings after his wife died, one of which may have been this record.
His 48-year-old daughter, Melinda Gale, believes her mother put the letter in the sleeve for safe keeping.
Moore told ABC-7 that he misses his wife every day.
It's difficult talking out loud about it to other people. But I loved her, and she loved me. That's all I can tell you. It's a heartache not being with her all the time.
Gale called the letter a "wonderful gift" that shows how much her parents truly loved each other.