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Peggy and Billie Harris were married for six weeks when the latter left to fight in World War II and was never seen or heard from again.


That was in 1944.

Peggy was originally told that Billie was killed, then told he was alive and returning and then told he was killed. Billie was dead, but she had no idea where he died, how it happened or where he was buried.

It took six decades of time passing to finally get a definitive answer.

In the CBS interview embedded above, Peggy tells the story of how she discovered where her husband is buried. The plane Billie was flying was shot down over Les Ventes.  Harris was initially honored and buried in Les Ventes before being moved to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Peggy met the only French man left alive who witnessed the plane go down, and she visited the burial site as long as she was able.

In all of her years, Peggy never married again.

“Billie was married to me all of his life, and I choose to be married to him all of my life,” she said.

Peggy Harris was unable to travel to France for D-Day anniversary. A sign on Billie Harris’ grave asked visitors to send photos to the now elderly widow.

After the story first aired, Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry’s office issued an apology for “mishandling” of information relating to Harris’ case.

“You have to learn to be forgiving,” she said.

Matt Naham About the author:
Matt Naham is the Weekend Editor  for Rare. Follow him on Twitter @matt_naham.
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