Before they married 70 years ago, a World War II veteran sent a tear-inducing love letter to his late wife. Now he’s reunited with it.
Bill Moore is 90-year-old native of Aurora, Colorado. When he was still serving in Europe, he wrote a heartwarming letter to Bernadean Gibson, his wife. It contained words that described how lovable and adorable she was. He even described himself as the “luckiest guy alive”.
For reasons unknown, the letter dated December 29, 1944, went missing, only to be found by a woman named Ilene Ortize inside a record sleeve she bought from a thrift shop. Eager to find the sender, she set out on a journey. She then called an ABC affiliate to ask assistance in finding the owner. Though she knew it wasn’t going to be easy, she managed to return it.
The emotional moment of Moore receiving the letter was filmed by the news team. Once he got hold of it, he read it aloud. He also said that the message was written when he was still 20.
The letter read,
My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean,
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. It’s just when I get so horribly, terribly lonely for you that I write letters like this. I have never been so homesick for anyone in my life as I am for you.”
Bill recalled that the war made him realize that he wanted Bernadean to be his wife. He met her while she was still studying. When he got back to the country, he decided to marry her. They had three kids.
The couple stayed together for 63 years until Bernadean’s death in April 2010.
His wife’s death changed his life. Not only did he sell some of his valued possessions, he also moved to an assisted care facility. What made Bill feel the saddest is knowing that his letter was never received by Bernadean and only ended up in a thrift store.
However, Melinda Gale, Moore’s 48-year-old daughter, thinks that her mother might have just intentionally kept the message and inserted it into the record for safe keeping. She did it because the letter was very special to her. She just said that the news about the letter is a wonderful gift for her as it serves as a reminder that her parents had shared a very special bond.
Bill tells us that he badly misses his wife and that she is always on his mind. While crying, he said, “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.”