NORFOLK, Va. -- At 93, Norwood Thomas found love online -- the love that he lost seven decades ago.
In 1944, Thomas was a 21-year-old G.I. stationed outside of London when he met a British 17-year-old named Joyce Durant.
"I knew that she was the girl that I wanted to marry," Thomas said. Looking at a photo of her, he told CBS News that "if she looks at me like that now I don't know what it would do to me."
The war couldn't wait. He headed to Normandy and D-Day. "I said that I will see you soon and away I went. I never saw her again."
They swapped letters after the war. But communication broke down, and they married other people.
Thomas, now a widower, always remembered the girl who got away.
"I placed her on a pedestal -- untouched, pure, and unattainable because in my mind that is what she really was."
Last year -- out of the blue -- Joyce's son tracked him down on the internet. Joyce Morris, now 88 and divorced, lives in Australia. They talked to each other for the first time in 70 years on Skype.
"The only problem is that I can't take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," Thomas told her.
Problem solved. Thomas landed Tuesday in Adelaide, Australia.
"Well, you are still vertical," Joyce said when they met and shared a long embrace.
"You know, to find someone who loves you and you love them in the latter years of your life, it would rather be special wouldn't it," Joyce said in an interview with Australian media.
They'll spend Valentine's Day together, and why not? Americans and Brits have always had a "special relationship."