The Man Went To War And Never Came Back. After 68 Years Of Waiting His Wife Discovers What Actually Happened
April 23, 2018 10:49 By Mambee
How long can a woman wait for a man who went to war? This woman has been waiting for the whole life. Peggy Harris married Billy Harris in 1940-s, after 6 weeks the man was deployed by the US Army to liberate Europe in the second World War.
Since then Peggy never saw him again. She had no clue what happened to her dear husband. She kept receiving the confusing news about him at the beginning.
She was told the man was killed, then found alive, then found missing. Billy Harris went to war and never came back, that is what she knew. The absence of news did not set her heart to peace, so she remained loyal, she kept waiting until 68 years later she discovered what actually happened.
Peggy never remarried or moved on with her life, honoring the memory of her husband. She chose being married to him for the whole life.
She repeatedly wrote to the Congressman with the one question. She wished to know the fate of Billy Harris, but she kept getting an answer that the soldier was missing. The uncertainty tortured the mourning wife, until one day Billy’s cousins requested Billy’s military records, and he found the piece of valuable information which was the key to the mystery.
It was recorded, that Billy Harris was killed in action and buried at France’s most famous cemetery in Normandy. Billy was far from the “unknown soldier”.
The people of Les Ventes, the small village in Normandy honored the name of Billy Harris each year at the anniversary of the Liberation of France. He meant so much to them, that they named the main street after his name.
Peggy was fortunate to meet those people and visiting their little town annually has become her tradition. The Les Ventes citizens told Peggy the story she wished to know for so many years.
Billy Harris was the pilot, serving in France during the mission in Normandy, and he crashed in the woods near the village. The 91-year-old witness of that tragedy told her that the pilot could navigate the plane and avoid crushing over the village.
They recognize his sacrifice and remember him each year. People continue bringing flowers to his grave at the American cemetery, but besides, Peggy is sending the bouquets to the husband’s grave few times a year – Valentine’s day, the wedding anniversary, Billy’s birthday.
She is happy to accept the new truth, and do at least something to honor the memory of her hero! After 68 years of waiting, she finally took comfort and set her heart at rest!