The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

May 27, 1946
Syracuse Herald Journal (Syracuse, New York)


FULTON – The death of a Fulton baby in Lee Memorial Hospital brought the death total of GI babies stricken during a 13-day crossing from Le Havre, France, to the United States to a total of nine.

The two-month-old boy was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvin H. Harris, 621 S. Fourth St., Fulton. The child died about 3 a.m. after he had shown constant improvement since his admission.

Dr. William Fivaz, who cared for the child, was mystified as to the exact cause of death. He said it was evidently due to an “intestinal infection of undiagnosed nature.” The physician said, “it was evident that it was a death resulting from damage to the liver, apparently caused by some type of intestinal poisoning.”

A report of the child’s death and the physician’s findings was transmitted Sunday through the State Department of Health to Army authorities at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, who have been endeavoring to ascertain the cause of the fatalities.

A total of 23 babies on the ship were stricken during the voyage. Mrs. Harris and her son left Le Havre, France, May 7 on the Zublon Vance, docking in New York last Monday. It was at that time that the epidemic was first revealed. Army ambulances met the bride-ship at the pier and rushed the stricken infants and their mothers to the base hospital.

Mrs. Harris is the former Jacqueline Boulanger. The baby was born in Le Havre March 21.

Surviving in addition to the parents, are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Harris of Fulton and Mr. and Mrs. Audrian Boulanger of France, and several uncles and aunts.

Services will be held at 3 PM today at the home, the Rev. Harold Flunn, pastor of Immaculate

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