I saw this on another blog I read and was extraordinarily moved by it, having just been through a similar experience of finding out more about my own father’s World War II military service. Peggy Harris never got a straight answer when she asked about what happened to her her husband Billie, a fighter pilot who disappeared in France in 1944. Nevertheless, she remained faithful, constant, and persistent until she finally discovered the truth:

Now, after all these years, she finally knows what really happened to her beloved husband, and she knows he is a man she can be proud of. This is a story about the value of patience, persistence, tenacity, and family history research. In this case, knowing the truth about her family history didn’t just satisfy Peggy Harris’s abstract intellectual curiosity—it helped heal her aching heart.