Honor Flight: Wife's Love Story at Vet's Grave

CREATED May. 19, 2011

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ARLINGTON, VA - Lt. Colonel Norman Cohn and his wife Lucy, both from Milwaukee, were married 54 years.

The man who worked his way up from the rank of private died and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 2001. 

Lucy had not been back to see his grave until this past weekend's Honor Flight.

"We were just very lucky, because you can't imagine any couple being happier than we were," said Lucy to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.

As her rickety wheel chair bumped along the gravel path to his gravesite in area 54, she unfolded their  love story.

They met after serving in the Army, with Norman in Europe and Lucy at a mental hospital in Kentucky.

They connected as she was heading back to school.

"I met Norman soon after that, and I had not even been interested in dating."

She told him no, but he didn't listen.

"(I told him) 'I'm sorry.  I just don't have time.  Sunday is the only time I have to wash my hair.'  He kept coming without telling me, and sometimes my hair was in curlers.  I didn't even have money for lipstick."

He convinced her to take a walk at a nearby lagoon.

"We sat on the grass and all at once, six hours were gone.  We'd been talking.  He kept coming and I never had known anyone like that."

By this time in her recounting the story, her eyes were sparkling.

"He was an amazing man.  Anyone who could contend with me had to be pretty special."

She says Norman was tall and handsome and kind to everybody, that he treated her like a queen.

Before Lucy knew it, she had arrived at his grave site, plot 4952, and silence came over Lucy.

For a long while she sat lady-like in the wheelchair with her hands folded in her lap telling stories of their life, and then it hit her. 

They were together again.

"That's the way the years went," she said through her emotions. 

"I feel very good about being here.  I talk to him every day, thank him for a lot of things."

Then it was right back to more stories.