97-year-old D-Day soldier meets long-lost sweetheart 75 years after they first met

It’s been said that you never forget your first true love, and that’s certainly the case for K.T. Robbins, who is a veteran of the United States Army.

During World War II, in the year 1944, K.T., who was then 24 years old and stationed in the northeastern region of France, fell in love with Jeannine Ganaye, a French girl,who was 18 years old.

The two of them eventually got to see each other again after an absence of seventy-five years and reaffirmed to one another that the intensity of their love for one another had not diminished.

While K.T. was fighting in the northeastern region of France, he met and fell in love with Jeannine. After only a brief period of time had passed since their meeting, he was compelled to hastily bid her farewell before being shipped out to battle on the Eastern Front.


Jeannine Ganaye, who is now known as Jeannine Pierson, also continued on with her life but still harboring the secret hope that she would be reunited with her real love. She even began studying English in preparation for this possibility.

But after seventy-five years, they were eventually reunited, and it was obvious from their reunion that the love they had for one another had never diminished.

K.T. was invited by a television station in France to attend the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, which took place on the beaches of Normandy.

‘You never got out of my heart’

K.T., who is now 97 years old, was informed on the plane ride over that they had located Jeannine and that he would be meeting her in her retirement home in France. Jeannine was 92 years old at the time.

In their emotional reconnection, K.T. said her: “I always loved you. You never got out of my heart.”

According to TODAY, Jeannine reportedly said to the reporters in French: “He said he loves me…I understood that much.”


When Jeannine thought back to the time that her love had left her, sad memories of their separation flooded back into her mind.

Jeannine recalled: “When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad. I wish, after the war, he hadn’t returned to America.”

Robbins was married to his wife, Lillian, for 70 years before she passed away in 2015 at the age of 92, while Pierson tied the knot in 1949 and had five children with her husband, who has also since passed away.

They promised to get together again soon as they said goodbye for the second time. “Jeannine, I love you, girl,”  K.T stated.

Watch the video clip below to see how their emotional reunion went down.