The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

Feb. 5, 2006, Omaha World-Herald

456 British Wives,

170 Babies Land: It’s V-J and V-E Day

The Army transport Argentina brought 456 British wives and 170 babies of American GI’s to New York Monday. It was a combined V-E and V-j (very exciting and very joyful) Day. The […] was much the same – “Darling!” and then a long glinch frequently witnessed by a solemn-eyed infant. Ben Vanscap, Brewster, N.Y. was a self-appointed pinch-hitter. He said, “I just came to two to cheer up some of the girls if their husband did not get here on time. While the Argentina was unloading the big liner Queen Mary was sail from Southampton with 2,347 wives and children.

[Photo 1; Francis Hardman Jr. right 21 months old wears a patch over his eye as a [..] of the stormy voyage. His sister Angela (left is 8 months old. Francis fell from his crib. The wound required 12 stitches.]

[Photo 2: Mrs. William Larimer with Veronica (standing) and Barbara in arms is en route to Gennsep, Ill; Mrs. William Mehmen, with Patricia Ann is headed for Rockford, Ia. – AP wirephotos.]

[Photo 3: These ex-service men waiten in the war brides section of the Red Cross in New York, while their British wives went throught the red tape of debarking. Left to right: Charels McMullen, Washington DC; Clyde Hamilton, Kansas City; Thomas E. Kelley, Davenport, Ia.; John W,. Miller, Wheeling W. Va.]

[Photo 4: New diaper for a new world (cannot read the rest)]

[Photo 5: These two English war brides will join their husband in Iowa. Mrs. Eleanor C. Lewis will meet her husband, Frank in Perry, Ia.; and Mrs. … J. Stacey will join her husband, Walter, at Hampton, Ia.]

Note: More pictures but information is hard to read.

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