Upon seeing her, he said: ‘I always loved you. You never got out of my heart.’ He showed her a picture of her he had kept for all those years. The ex-American soldier who reunited with his first love he met during WW2 after 75 years, was 24 when he was stationed with his regiment in Briey, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France during World War II in 1944.
He fell in love with a young 18-year-old French woman – Jeannine, but their romance was cut short as he had to leave in hurry two months later and was rushed to the eastern front. When he returned to the United States, Robbins eventually got married, but he never forgot about Jeannine whose surname is Pierson but her maiden name was Ganaye. It is unclear if either of them had children and if their spouses are still alive.