(CBS News) Peggy Harris of Vernon, Tex. never got a knock at the door, never got a telegram, never got anything definitive explaining what happened to her husband Billie during World War II. And so, in the absence of answers, she has remained dutiful to this day.

“Billie was married to me all of his life, and I choose to be married to him all of my life,” Harris said.

Peggy and Billie got married just six weeks before he got shipped off to war. A fighter pilot — his last mission was July 17, 1944 over Nazi-occupied northern France. He never returned from that mission.

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