Russell T. landed at Utah Beach in Normandy during WWII as a member of the Army Signal Corps. He followed General Patton's Third Army from Normandy to Paris, patching up communication for them the whole way. Once they made it to Paris, the Army discovered that he had worked at IBM back in the U.S. They sent him straight to Eisenhower's headquarters, where he worked in the Machine Records Unit for the next 15 months.
That is also where he met his wife, Odile, who was a staff translator. Odile lived in Paris, but had to flee from the Germans during the war. She only returned when she was offered the job as a translator. Russell would fix Odile's typewriter every time she had issues with it. He was smitten by her almost immediately.
Russell's Wish of a Lifetime is to bid farewell to the place he fell in love with Odile, and renew their vows after 66 years of marriage.
Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living sent Russell and Odile back to France in April 2012! They were accompanied by the grandson of General Patton, Ben Patton, and by Jeremy Bloom! They spent time touring their favorite places in Paris and then travelled to Normandy to see the American cemetery and the beaches. They had a special ceremony while in Normandy where they renewed their vows after 66 years of marriage!
Russell and Odile are residents of The Waterford, a Brookdale Senior Living Community in Centerville, OH.