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For WWII soldier's widow, a 60-year mystery finally solved
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley ^ | June 5, 2012 | By Steve Hartman

Posted on 06/10/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT by LTC.Ret

Peggy Harris of Vernon, Tex. never got a knock at the door, never got a telegram, never got anything definitive explaining what happened to her husband Billie during World War II. And so, in the absence of answers, she has remained dutiful to this day. . . .

Wrote repeatedly, in fact, asking for any information about the fate of her husband. The last letter, in 2005, was directed to Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, who also happens to be vice-chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. . . .

Note: After this story aired, Rep. Thornberry's office issued an apology for "mishandling" of information relating to Harris' case.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: billieharris; lesventes; lesventesfrance; lovestory; peggyharris; thelongestwait; thornberry; truelove
I got calls from several people who saw this piece when it aired on CBS this morning.

Rep. Mac Thornberry's FaceBook page is now unavailable.

1 posted on 06/10/2012 2:39:36 PM PDT by LTC.Ret
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To: LTC.Ret

Thanks for posting this story. They just don’t make people like this anymore.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 2:48:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: LTC.Ret

Oh, what a sad and astonishing story!

God bless that dear lady’s heart and her husband’s ultimate sacrifice for our country.


3 posted on 06/10/2012 2:49:24 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: logitech

PING! Watch the video report at the link.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 2:54:29 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: LTC.Ret
Tribute to Bille D. Harris
5 posted on 06/10/2012 2:59:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: LTC.Ret
From the comments section:

It's a shame that CBS News left out so much of the story. It makes it appear that a simple check of records could have found Billie at the cemetery in Normandy. Instead, he was buried in the French village near where his plane went down. In fact, records were not clear for years because, the French thought that Billie was Canadian.

"In 2004, when the small French village of Les Ventes held a ceremony to observe the 60th anniversary of the French liberation, city councilwoman Valerie Quesnel learned that a gravesite in the town cemetery, which was said to have been the original burial location of a Canadian pilot shot down by the Germans during World War II, was actually that of an American fighter pilot from Altus, Okla., named Lt. Billie Dowe Harris."

Read more at http://www.354thpmfg.com/BillieDHarris_part2.html.

I'm afraid that Rep Thornberry is being made the villain here for no reason.

6 posted on 06/10/2012 3:01:55 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: LTC.Ret
"Billie was married to me all of his life, and I choose to be married to him all of my life," Harris said.

That tugs at my heart.

7 posted on 06/10/2012 3:03:15 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: smokingfrog

8 posted on 06/10/2012 3:05:12 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: PA Engineer

Mac is not innocent in this matter. If all the family had to do was look at his service record, then that’s all Mac had to do. He runs the Armed Services Committee for goodness sakes.

He is my Congresscritter and he will answer for this.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 3:17:54 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Baynative

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

That was very nice..........


10 posted on 06/10/2012 3:36:18 PM PDT by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: Sporke
He is my Congresscritter and he will answer for this.

Regardless of party, he needs to retire or be retired.

11 posted on 06/10/2012 4:04:57 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: LTC.Ret
When it absolutely, positively, has to be rendered FUBAR, ask the Congress of the United States for an answer...

Regards,
GtG

PS For those unfamiliar with the terminology, in order of significant impact...

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12 posted on 06/10/2012 4:10:40 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Last Dakotan

That won’t happen. This is about the most conservative part of Texas and he never gets a serious opponent.

I can’t stand the guy, he’s there just to be there. “Goes along to get along”. :-/


13 posted on 06/10/2012 4:21:00 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: WXRGina

Thank you for posting their picture.Makes me sad for the lady.


14 posted on 06/10/2012 4:57:53 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Sporke

That’s what primaries are for.


15 posted on 06/10/2012 5:01:15 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Thank you for posting their picture. Makes me sad for the lady.

Oh, me, too. Bless her heart. Such a pretty girl and a faithful one, too.

16 posted on 06/10/2012 5:04:13 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

keep birds out of this mess.
you need to use ewes.
u not w


17 posted on 06/10/2012 5:14:47 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: WXRGina

A truly handsome couple. Such a shame.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 5:18:40 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

I can’t help but think of their family that never was (and so many others like them).

My grandfather served in the Naval Pacific Theater, and he made it home. He is now 86. He and my grandmother had three children. My Mom was one of them.

We just can’t fully imagine the scope of the loss of war.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

You forgot TARFU, Toaally And Royaly F’d Up


20 posted on 06/10/2012 6:15:29 PM PDT by dglang
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To: dglang

I find this story to be so heart-warming, despite the laziness of the politician. She never re-married? WOW. Now that is a cool lady. I think I am sad that I never met a lady like that. lol.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 6:26:23 PM PDT by canadianally
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To: Sporke
that’s all Mac had to do. He runs the Armed Services Committee for goodness sakes. He is my Congresscritter and he will answer for this.

Be sure and also contact Howard "Buck" McKeon...he's the Chairman, and my former congressman.

Take it to the top.

22 posted on 06/10/2012 6:57:16 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: LTC.Ret

It looks like CBS News has posted a longer and less edited version, and the last few minutes are worth watching the first part over again!!!

P.S. -— Kleenex is a good idea!!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7411194n&tag=strip


23 posted on 06/10/2012 10:17:15 PM PDT by LTC.Ret (You'd think I would know better than to volunteer!!! www.sendmetocongress.us)
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To: LTC.Ret

what a wonderful timeless story; mark for reference.


24 posted on 07/26/2013 7:47:49 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi.)
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