AURORA, Colo. -- A World War II veteran broke down in tears after receiving a long-lost love letter he wrote to his future-wife when he was at war in Europe 70 years ago.
"My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean," the letter begins. "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, Bernadean. Even your name sounds lovely to me."
A woman found the letter dated 1945 inside an old record she bought at a Colorado thrift store. She asked a local TV news station to help find the owner.
It turns out he wasn't far away. Bill Moore is now 90 years old and living in an assisted care facility in Aurora, Colorado. His wife, Bernadean Gibson, died five years ago.
Their daughter says this is their only love letter that has survived the years.
"It's difficult talking out loud about it to other people," Moore said. "But I loved her, and she loved me. That's all I can tell you. It's a heartache not being with her all the time."
The Moores were married for 63 years.
World War II vet tears up reading long-lost love letter
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