WWII Veteran Mourns Death of Girlfriend He Reunited With 70 Years After War
BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE
DECEMBER 16, 2016
Over the last year, each step of the amazing love story between a Virginia Beach veteran, Norwood Thomas, and his girlfriend from World War II, Joyce Durrant, has been chronicled by KTLA sister station WTVR in Richmond.
The latest update is not a happy one, however. Exactly one week ago Friday, Durrant died.
"Joyce was my first great love," Thomas said through tears. "When we reunited, the old feelings rejuvenated. I had a wonderful trip to Australia and was looking forward to another one, but it didn't happen."
Durrant's death comes a little more than a year after Thomas and Durrant reconnected on Skype. According to Durrant's son, she suffered a heart attack in November. Although across the world in Australia, Thomas did whatever he could to make sure he was still by Durrant's side.
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