The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

World Harold, Omaha January 24, 1946

Wedding Ban Lifting Asked
Nebraskan in Reich Writes Truman

Frankfurt, Germany (AP) Three former soldiers Wednesday were seeking Presidential intervention in the Army ban on marriages to German girls.

They said they are “taking up the cause of hundreds of soldiers and civilians in Germany.”

Under a directive from the join Chiefs of Staff, the former soldiers, who now are uniformed civilians working for the United States Military Government, are forbidden to marry their former enemies.

Need Higher Authority

The supplicants, Russell W. Horton of Elmsford, N.Y., Lawrence E. Allen, Mount Pleasant, Mich. And Herbert H. Bolles, Nebraska City, Neb., wrote to President Truman on January 15th, “with hope and prayer” that he will find way to allow them to marry.”

Each spent two years oversea with anti-aircraft battalions. In their letter they said their main reason for accepting civilian employment in Germany after being discharged was to be able to marry their Fräuleins.

The letter said they had seen Gen. Joseph T. McNarney, United States commander in Europe, who told them a higher authority would be required to allow them to marry.

Not Seeking Sympathy “We are not looking for sympathy, but we think not being able to marry the girls we loved very much because they happen to be of German nationality is very unfair and un-American” they wrote.

“We were under the impression we fought the war so people may be free and to rid the world of oppression. And now we find out most cherished privileges have been taken away.”

At Elmsford, N.Y., the parents of Mr. Horton said he had written them he had secretly married several weeks ago.


World Herald, Omaha – January 25, 1946

Nebraskan Want to Wed German Girl

Herbert H. Bolles, Nebraska City, looks over the letter that he and two other former American soldiers forwarded to President Truman from Frankfurt, Germany.

They asked his intervention in the Army ban no marriages to German girls.

A veteran of two years overseas service with an anti-aircraft battalion, Mr. Bolles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bolles, Nebraska City is now a military government employee.

In his last letter to his parents, received around Christmas time, he said that he was “going with a girl in Frankfurt.” He was to have Christmas dinner with her.

His parents hadn’t heard of any marriage plans. They were noncommitted about what they thought of marriage to a German girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Bolles reside on a n acreage just north of Nebraska City.

Shown with him are Russell W. Horton, Elmsford, N.Y. and Lawrence E. Allen, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

AP Wirephoto

World Herald, Omaha – January 26, 1946

Nebraskan German Fiancée
Await Reply

[picture of Herbert Bolles and Elsie Kaitwassur]
Herbert Bolles, Nebraska City former soldier, now a civilian employed with the military government at Frankfurt, Germany, and his fiancée, Elsie Kaitwassur of Wetzlar, Germany. They are awaiting a reply to his request to President Turman for permission to marry.
AP Wirephoto

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