Loading...
The Heart Beat The Heart Beat blog

True love stories: Stolen love letters found 40 years later

"It was a hell of a surprise."

By Kristin Wong Jan 10, 2013 4:01PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​​​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

On Dec. 31, Lloyd and Marian Michael celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They kicked off their 71st year together with a heartwarming surprise.

In November, a man from Moreno Valley, Calif., called the Michaels to let them know he had found a box of their old love letters. The letters dated back to World War II, when Lloyd was deployed in Europe.

Photo: Ally T/Getty Images"We were devastated to think someone would steal our love letters and probably throw them to the wind," an 88-year-old Marian told the Daily Bulletin.

More on MSN Living: 14 surprising facts about getting engaged

Someone had broken into the couple's home 40 years ago and stolen a chest, which not only contained the letters, but also a collection of Lloyd's war paraphernalia.

The Moreno Valley man, who was not involved with the burglary, met the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., couple at a local In 'N' Out to return their lost mementos.

More on MSN Living: 10 cliche holiday marriage proposals

"It was a hell of a surprise," Lloyd, 89, said. " The gentlemen had traced me down through my military service number. He said there are a hell of a lot of Lloyd Michaels in the service. You're the only one that has a wife named Marian."

Lloyd and Marian courted each other while they were high school students at Chaffey High School, and they had their first date at Fox Theater in Pomona. They tied the knot on Dec. 31, 1942.

Bing: Tips on how to write a meaningful love letter.

But soon after their wedding, Lloyd joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a mechanic on P-47 fighter planes. While Lloyd was overseas, he received a letter from Marian every day.

"I was very fortunate to have never gotten a 'Dear John' letter from my wife," Lloyd said.

The two had even devised a complex code within their letters so that Marian could know exactly where in Europe Lloyd was. That information was confidential at the time, but their code somehow got past military censors.

The Michaels' love letters are now bound in a cardboard box.

"Neither one of us can read them; we break down too quick," Lloyd said.

Subscribe to The Heart Beat

Photo: Ally T/Getty Images

More from The Heart Beat:
True love stories: Couple remarries 30 years after divorce
7 lost wedding ring stories with happy endings
Man pops the question atop an active volcano

6Comments
Jan 11, 2013 5:19PM
avatar
There's something "refreshing" about this article and comments..........wait.........I know what it is now..............the "wing-nuts" from the right AND left, aren't here..............yet.........
Jan 11, 2013 5:14PM
avatar
Very sweet story indeed. I think my favorite part is Lloyd saying they can't re-read the letters because they'll just break down. Must bring back so many memories.
Jan 11, 2013 4:46PM
avatar

What a heart warming story. If only people in this generation loved like these two wonderful people do!

Jan 11, 2013 4:41PM
avatar
With all the hate in the world today, it's nice to know there are still loving, caring people out there.  God bless them both...and the gentleman who went to all the trouble to return their precious letters. 
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage

  • Sign placement/"10 Most Outrageous Wedding Photos"/Photo: Brooke Aliceon Photography

    10 outrageous wedding photos

    The typical wedding: A white dress, tiered cake, floral centerpieces and a cute flower girl -- you know the drill. Every once in a while, though, a couple trades in tradition for a quirky, never-seen-that-before idea. Here are a few of the most out-there wedding photos that made us do a double take.

  • Hot wedding trends for fall

    9 hot wedding trends for fall

    There's a lot to love about weddings this fall, like cocktails served in copper Moscow mule mugs, industrial-inspired lighting and pheasant feather details. See what's new!

  • Monique Pean Mineraux diamond and rose gold ring, $3,400; barneys.com

    Why single ladies are rocking a wedding ring

    Do you have to be engaged to sport a ring with bling?

  • ​KIVILCIM PINAR, Getty Images //  ​KIVILCIM PINAR, Getty Images (​KIVILCIM PINAR, Getty Images)

    Majority of Americans are single

    124.6 million haven't gotten hitched.

  • least expensive places to get married

    These are the 25 least expensive places to get married in America

    Even though the national average wedding is $29,858, that’s just an average. If you live in a smaller state like Idaho where the average wedding costs $16,159, you may find yourself saving a little more than half of the national spend! Check out some of the other least expensive cities to get married in below:

  • M Swiet Productions, Getty Images // M Swiet Productions, Getty Images (M Swiet Productions, Getty Images)

    Americans have nostalgia for summer romance

    Summer is winding down, but the ubiquitous summer romance lives on.

  • 8 signs it's time to break up

    8 signs it’s definitely time to break up

    For those times when nothing big and horrible happened--but nothing is feeling right either.

  • Actor/"Why we love an older man"/Photo: Shutterstock

    Reasons why we love an older man

    He’s confident, distinguished and anywhere from 4 to 20 years older than you. Age is just a number, but there’s something about older men that we love. Here are eight reasons why being in a relationship with an older man is tops.

  • Actor/"Why we love a younger man"/Photo: Shutterstock

    Reasons why we love a younger man

    While a younger man may have less life experience, that doesn’t mean he’s not emotionally mature. Here are the eight reasons why being in a relationship with a younger man is tops.

  • Other woman (Courtesy YourTango)

    5 reasons the other woman slept with your man

    Have you ever wondered what the 'other woman' was thinking?

  • Apple picking

    6 fun fall date ideas

    So fall is coming and you need some romantic inspiration now that long walks on the beach are out of the question. Well look no further! From apple picking to pumpkin carving, these are some great fall date ideas from girls just like you!

  • Go to a theme park

    8 cute celeb date ideas

    Getting bored of the same dinner and movie date night? Take an adorable cue from your favorite celebs and try something new! From dancing to boxing you can't go wrong with these awesome date ideas.

buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
The Heart Beat is a Great Dating Blogs Winner The Heart Beat is a Great Dating Blogs Winner
relationship videos
editor's picks
Loading...
the heart beat
Loading...