World War II vet begins journey to reunite with wartime girlfriend

NORFOLK, Va. –  A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.

It will take Norwood Thomas, who boarded a plane Sunday from Norfolk with his son, two days to reach the country, where he will be reunited with Joyce Morris, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

"I'd rather die traveling to Australia than live sitting around at home wondering, 'What if?'" Thomas said.

News media around the globe have printed or broadcast the story, which has gone viral online.

"It's the craziest thing," Thomas said. "I can't believe how interested all these people are."


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