War Veteran Wept After This Was Found In A Thrift Store 70 Years Later


Bill Moore is a father and a war hero. He had witnessed the unimaginable horrors of war, but nothing could prepare him for what a woman stumbled upon in the sleeve of a record in a thrift store. It was the heartfelt love letter he penned during World War II to Bernadean Gibson.

Bill, now age 90, looks back at the words he wrote 70 years ago.

I was really surprised, I had no way of knowing it would show up in the way it did, and it would actually reach me.


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.


The letter, dated December 29, 1944, was found in a thrift store in Colorado by Ilene Ortiz, who sets out to get it back to its rightful owner. She contacted ABC affiliate KMGH for help in finding the writer of the letter, or the recipient. “I’m really the luckiest guy in the world, you know,” the letter continues, “and you are the reason.”


Moore was filmed by ABC News as he read back the love letter he wrote when he was 20 years old...

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