The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

Anni Neuman Adams onboard the S.S. Valcania

Anni left Le Harve harbor on March 11, 1946 with approximately 200 passingers for Southhampton, England. Here we took on 700 war brides and children. Halfway across the Atlantic the ship ran into a head-on storm. The storm was strong enough to weaken stomachs and the spirits of those onboard.

For two days the ship rocked in the heavy waves and roaring sea. The storm was so bad that the Captain ordered the ship to stop in her position for tow whole days to wait for clearer weather.

The G.I. brides would be late for their arrival in New York Harbor. The eleven day trip turned into fourteen days because of the storm.

We arrived on Mar. 24, 1946 in New York Harbor. The Italian ship was greeted by the former mayor of New York City, Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, who was newly appointed at Director of the United Nation Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

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