Valley couple celebrating 72 years of marriage in 2017

Posted at 9:11 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 23:11:29-05

It's a love story that has survived a war, and more than seven decades.

Staff Sgt. Robert Moore and his wife Eunice are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary this year. They've even received cards from the White House congratulating them on their long union.

The couple met right before World War 2, when Moore moved in across the street from his future wife.

"I knew that he was there, but I didn't want to be flirtatious. At that time girls were very self-conscious about being flirtatious, so I would drive by with my nose in the air," said Eunice Moore.

Robert said he definitely noticed her and became friends with her brother.

"'Your younger brother said you were making donuts in the kitchen across the street, so I decided to go over there,'" said Moore of one excuse he used to see her.

Soon the budding romance turned into a long courtship and a warm friendship. Their love blossomed at the height of the Second World War when Robert left to go serve his country.

His first mission was as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. In April 1944 the aircraft became disabled during a mission, and the entire crew had to bail out over German-held territory in Yugoslavia.

His family back in the United States got the dreaded Western Union telegram informing them Robert has bee listed as missing in action.

"I was devastated. I was also kind of angry that I hadn't heard of it, I had to get it out of the newspaper."

Thankfully Moore survived, and as soon as he got back on US soil, Eunice went to visit him at his air base.  That's when Robert decided it was time to propose.

"I had decided to get an engagement ring, and when I presented it to her I said 'Now, this is for keeps,'" said Moore.

Eunice was 21 years old when she married the 24-year-old Robert. Over the last seven decades the couple survived financial hardship, the loss of a child and a few tiffs here and there.

"You never helped around the kitchen, I always have to pick up stuff lying around," joked Robert Moore.

The couple agreed the key to a long lasting relationship was to hash things out before going to bed.

"Never go to bed angry. Just don't be too proud to say I was wrong," said Eunice Moore.

"Just have patience. Hang your head, swallow your pride, and do what you're told," joked Robert Moore.

With carnations decorating the home for Valentine’s Day, Eunice Moore said they were just as much in love today as they were 72 years ago.

"I just idolize Bob. It's just my feeling."

He added, "I just don't know how I'd get along without her. We're just a part of each other."