This Newlywed’s Husband Mysteriously Disappeared. 70 Years Later, She Discovered The Truth.
The Military Cover Up
Peggy searched everywhere for her husband, but eventually, one lead squashed any hope she had. It was a file that suggested that Billie was killed in the line of duty. But somehow, Peggy couldn't accept it. And that's when she discovered a different file that suggested her husband was, in fact, missing in action. But which report was the right one and why did they contradict each other? The only thing she knew for sure was that the military was lying to her about Billie.
Missing In Action
Peggy explained that when she found Billie's MIA report, “A telegram came," and she opened it. "The moment I opened it, I went into pieces. After a while, I looked at it again, then I went down to the telegraph office and brought with me letters from Billie that were written after the date of the telegram. The telegram said, 'missing: July 7th,' and I had letters, hand-written letters, dated after that. Later, they came up with ‘missing in action: July 17’.” This made Peggy question everything about the military's report. So, she went in search of the truth.
Appealing To The Red Cross
Minnesota Red Cross
The war had finally ended and Billie was still missing. Peggy worried that her husband might be a prisoner of war, so she turned to the International Red Cross for help. Unfortunately, they didn't help Peggy in the least. In fact, they refused to investigate her husband's disappearance altogether. According to Peggy, this was the horrible response they gave her: "We cannot afford to look into this because he will come home before we can get an answer."
A Congressional Mistake
By 1945, Peggy was forced to accept that Billie was gone, but she still wanted to know what had happened to him. Jump several decades later to 2005, where Congressional Representative Mac Thornberry claimed that Billie was still MIA. Obviously, this made Peggy feel worse than she already did and Thornberry used social media to publicly apologize. But his statement wasn't the worst thing Peggy was forced to face recently.
The Truth Revealed
It had been 68 years before Billy was eventually found. It turns out that a woman discovered the grave belonging to a French-Canadian soldier in France, which actually belonged to Billie Harris. According to reports, Billie had been stationed in the UK as a fighter pilot. But during a run, his plane was shot down and he crashed. Although the news was anything but ideal, at least Peggy finally knew that he was gone, which gave this whole mystery some hope and possibly some closure.
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