— -- A 90-year-old British World War II veteran said he is finally getting married to his "wartime sweetheart" after spending the past 72 years regretting calling off their first engagement in 1944.
Roy Vickerman told ABC News today that he first met Nora Jackson, 89, in 1940 while attending school in Bucknall, United Kingdom. They were only 13 years old at the time, he said.
"When the teacher told the class there's a new boy from London, all the faces turned towards me but the only one I saw was Nora," Vickerman told ABC News today. "I thought to myself, she's the girl for me."
Vickerman said he used to "send little notes" to Nora in class. As their relationship and the war progressed over the years, "little notes" turned into "pages and pages of letters" the two wrote each other while he was abroad serving the British Army, he said.
"We had gotten engaged just before I went abroad, but when I came back, I think I developed post-traumatic stress disorder and I just wanted to be alone," Vickerman said. "So I called off the engagement."
The two spent lived separate lives for over seven decades. Both got married and had children, though Vickerman said his first wife died in 2012, while Jackson's first husband passed away 12 years ago.
"To be honest, I had always thought about Nora the whole time," Vickerman said. "I was always wondering how Nora was."
Last year, Vickerman phoned into Graham Torrington's BBC radio show, where he shared his thoughts about love and relationships, and talked about wishing how he could apologize to Jackson.
A producer for the show was able to track down an address for Jackson, and Vickerman said he debated going to visit her for about a month.
"I didn't want to intrude if Nora had a husband, but one day, I just thought, 'No, I'll just go get some flowers and tell them I'd like to ask how Nora is and that I'd like to apologize to her for what happened,'" Vickerman said.
When Jackson came to the door, she instantly recognized Vickerman, he said.
"She told me, 'Oh Roy, I thought I'd never see you again,' and then she gave me a kiss and said, 'Hold me," he said.
Since then, Vickerman has visited Nora every day.
This past March 26, when Vickerman turned 90, he said he got down on one knee and asked Jackson to marry him again. He used the same ring that he'd kept since he first proposed to her in 1944, he said.
The couple plans to wed soon, Vickerman said, joking, "It would certainly do for me if we could wed in a week!"
"We certainly do believe fate brought us together again," he added. "I'm sure it was the will of God."