Veteran Bill Moore was contacted by a woman who found a letter he wrote to his sweetheart during WWII tucked into the sleeve of an old record in a thrift store. The letter was addressed to the woman who would become his wife, Bernadean, and hearing Bill read it and reflect on her will make you sob face down on your keyboard. They spent a long time together, but she passed away in 2010.
A section of 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. Even your name sounds lovely to me.
Bill laughs at himself, saying, “It gets worse,” by which he probably means even sweeter, like that’s possible. He also talks about how at the time, he was in Europe and no one fighting was a hundred percent sure they’d be getting back. He knew he wanted to marry Bernadean and any kind of communication was precious.
The couple had 3 children and their daughter, Melinda Gale, told ABC 7 that though Bernadean saved all Bill’s letters they were somehow lost. This is the only original copy of any of them they have:
I read it for my daughter last night. It really hit me that we were seeing the true depth of my parents love that, as children, we knew was there, but you don’t hear it. Their love sets such a beautiful example of what life can be.