World War Two proved to be the undoing of countless communities and families. Relationships were torn apart and loved ones were taken too soon. And while these tragic tales have inspired numerous novels and films that will have you reaching for a tissue, this is a love story that stood the test of both the war and of time.
Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver are one couple whose love not only survived the war, but also numerous other obstacles. Although their relationship deserves its own film, their first meeting was surprisingly ordinary. They met on a blind date, in fact, in the “city of brotherly love,” Philadelphia. It seems that the old dating methods work, after all!
Their relationship flourished but before too long, the pair had signed up to the U.S. war effort. Isabelle offered her nursing skills to the Navy and was sent to Maryland, while Preble joined the U.S. Marine Corps. For the entirety of the war, then, they were separated from each other, but they never forgot the time they’d had together.