By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief
During the Second World War, Bill Moore was in the European Theater, fighting in General Patton’s Third Army. Like so many fellow soldiers he wrote home whenever her could, particularly to his sweetheart Bernadean Gibson who would later be he wife for 63 years until her death. Recently, the 90 year old veteran from Aurora, Colorado, received a surprise from the past: a love letter to Bernadean, dated 29 December 1944, that was found within a record sleeve at a thrift store.
The discovery brought Mr. Moore “to tears.” An excerpt from the letter reads:
“My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean…I ran out of space, but I could have written a lot more adjectives describing you. 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.”
The recovered letter stands as the only original copy of the many exchanged between the soldier and love. According to his daughter, Gale, though her mother kept every letter, many were somehow lost and only a few copies remain of the collection.
More about the letter, Bill, and Bernadean can be found at Conservative Post and The Daily Mail.