The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

March 4, 1946

Veronica Hillen and Mary Holmes

Hillen and Holmes

AP – San Francisco

Mrs. Veronica Hillen (left), bound for El Paso, Texas, watches her 2 yr old son James butter a piece of bread, while Mrs. Mary Holmes going to Kearny, N.J. feeds Mary Carol, her 13 mos old daughter, aboard the SS Monterey shortly after its arrival in San Francisco, March 4 from Australia and New Zealand with 562 war brides of American GIs. Mrs. Hillen’s husband is out of the army, but Mrs. Holmes’ husband is still in the U.S. Navy.

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