This Newlywed’s Husband Mysteriously Disappeared. 70 Years Later, She Discovered The Truth.
Romantic Love Notes
In 1943, Billie and Peggy Harris were happily married. At that point, they thought they'd get to spend a lifetime together. But then, one day, he vanished. So, for the next 70 years, she searched for clues as to what happened. Now, 7 decades later, Peggy finally learned what happened to Billie, and it's actually quite heartbreaking.
Peggy was years ahead of her time. After high school, she had gotten a job as an electrical mechanic at the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. It was there that she met Billie's dad, who decided to match her with his son. Billie's dad suggested that she send him a letter to Texas, where he was stationed. At first, things started out slow, but it became serious in less than no time. Eventually, Billie asked Peggy to marry him after they first met face to face.
The Newly Weds
It had only been a few weeks since they had seen each other, but that's all it took and in 1943, Billie and Peggy got married. Since the two were broke, they used their high school class rings as wedding bands. But six weeks after they said their "I dos," Billie graduated from the Brooks Air Force Base, earning the rank of second lieutenant. Unfortunately, this meant he was going to war. So, Peggy and Billie were about to get separated by the horrible events of World War II.
Without A Trace
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Billie went off to fight in the European Theatre against the Axis, and Peggy wasn't sure if she'd see her husband again. But she prayed that Billie would return someday. Unfortunately, the news of the war had her very concerned. When Billie arrived in Europe, she wrote a letter to his wife to let her know she was okay and sent it. But while the letter put Peggy's mind at ease, it was also the last letter she would ever get from Billie.
Was He Alive?
Peggy tried to keep her hopes up after the first and only letter. But days became weeks, which eventually became months, and she couldn't stand the suspense. So, she reached out to everyone in the military who would listen, from the Navy to the Army, and the Air Force and the Supreme Allied Commanders. Ironically, it was the latter who had an answer for her. Much to her surprise, the commanders told her that Billie had already come back to the United States.
She Tried To Find Him
Peggy was puzzled by the commanders' claim that Billie was back. She figured that if her husband had returned, he would have contacted her. So, she visited Billie's parents, who didn't know anything about Billie's alleged return. When Peggy went back to the Supreme Allied Commanders, they explained to her that he was wounded and was being treated in a military hospital. That's when Peggy went off to investigate and her world came crashing down on her.
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