Lost love letters – Lloyd and Marian Michael were married more than 70 years ago in the midst of World War II. While Lloyd served in Europe, the young couple stayed in touch through hundreds of heartfelt love letters, which they kept locked away in a trunk for decades after the war.
Lost love letters – The Michaels met in high school. By the time they married, Lloyd had joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, and he had to get a weekend pass for their wedding.
Lost love letters – They wed on December 31, 1942, just about a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II.
Lost love letters – To stay connected, the newlyweds wrote each other as often as they could. "Darling, I can hear Bing (Crosby) singing over the loudspeaker," wrote Lloyd on July 6, 1944. "He is singing 'By the Light of the Silvery Moon.' Boy, he can really sing. Marian, remember the old moon down in Mississippi."
Lost love letters – Other letters recounted the couple's routines: "Guess what we're going to have for supper!" Marian wrote in this letter, dated December 8, 1944. "It's really going to be a treat because we haven't had any for so long. We're going to have bacon!" Most of the Michaels' letters, like this one, have upside down stamps, their way of saying "I love you."
Lost love letters – After the war, Lloyd and Marian made a life in Alta Loma, California, outside Los Angeles, where they raised four children. They put their love letters in a trunk for safe keeping. Then, sometime in the late 1960s, or early 1970s, someone stole the trunk.
Lost love letters – Last fall, a man tracked down the Michaels after coming across their correspondence in his late father's things. "He'd been a veteran himself, and he had a boy that had been in either Iraq or Afghanistan and had just returned home. So he knew what letters meant to him, his family -- the same thing," Lloyd said.
Lost love letters – Surrounded by family and friends, the Michaels celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in December -- shortly after they were reunited with their love letters. "It's bringing back all the memories," Lloyd said. "But it can't draw the two of us any closer than we are."