The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

Feb. 27, 1946, Omaha World-Herald

Defends G.I. Right to Wed Overseas

By Ruth Millett
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt has come out flatly with the opinion that no American soldier should be allowed to marry anywhere overseas.

Her reason? That hundreds of marriages between G.I.ís and foreign girls have broken up because they were based on the average soldierís loneliness rather than on real love.

But even though there might be a high chance of failure in such marriages isnít it the G.I.ís privilege to take the risk if he wants to?

After all marriages make in American carry no guarantee of success.

And many an American boy and American girl take a try at a marriage that older and wiser folks are sure wonít last because of obvious obstacles.

Yet we concede it is their right to make a try at marriage Ė and sometimes those marriages everybody is sure wonít last turn out surprisingly well.

Isnít it just as much the right of the overseas G.I. to marry the girl of his choice Ė even if she is a foreigner Ė as it is the right of the young man here at home to marry any girl he meets and falls in love with.

As for that business about the overseas G.I. often mistaking loneliness for love: Plenty of boys stuck off in training camps in this country had the same thing happen to them.

Warn the soldiers overseas of the special problems that make marriage between person of different countries a gamble. Point out all of the disadvantages. Even perhaps require the engaged couple to attend a marriage course where they will both be shown a realistic picture of what their particular problems of adjustment will be.

But donít try to tell them they canít marry foreign girls. Making a foolish marriage is still an American right. And so far, there is not sure way of telling before hand what marriage will work and what one wonít.

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