Like millions of women across America during World War 2, Peggy Harris said goodbye to her husband Billie and prayed he would be safe.
The young couple had been married for just six weeks when Billie left for the war. He was a fighter pilot, and when news and letters from her husband suddenly stopped in July 1944, Peggy feared the worst. Soon, the military told her that her husband was missing in Nazi-occupied France.
Then, they said that Billie was alive and safe. Next they said that he was definitely dead, and buried at one cemetery. News came soon afterwards that he had been moved to another cemetery, but now officials weren't sure if the body was actually Billie's after all.
It was an embarrassing and heartbreaking series of mix-ups that left Peggy unsure what had happened to her husband. For the next six decades she waited, never remarrying and never moving on from her missing husband. “Billie was married to me all of his life," she said, "and I choose to be married to him all of my life."
But on a whim, Peggy's cousin decided to request Billie's military records. Surprisingly, right there in black and white he found the answer Peggy had been waiting 60 years to learn...