(NEWSER) – Norwood Thomas' reunion with his wartime girlfriend was incredible, but it came with one major drawback: "I can’t take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," the 93-year-old World War II vet told Joyce Morris, 88, during a Skype call in November. "Well, we've got to get on that then," she replied, per the Virginian-Pilot.

A lot had changed since the pair last set eyes on each other in England, a few months before Thomas took part in the D-Day landings. When the war ended, he returned home and wrote to Morris, asking her to marry him. She thought he was already married and refused. Both then married other people, with Morris settling in Adelaide, Australia, and Thomas in Virginia Beach, Va. Morris, since divorced, tracked Thomas down after finding an article about him going skydiving for his 88th birthday, but a reunion seemed like a pipe dream. Some 300 generous donors changed that.

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