The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

New York.

British Wives Met by St. Louis Veterans

Eager to see their wives and children after many months' separation, several St. Louis area veterans were in New York yesterday to greet their brides when they arrived with a continent of the 17 women and seven children en route to St. Louis from England.
The women, all natives of Britain, were part of a shipload of 2334 women and children scheduled to have arrived Saturday, but held back because of storms.
Earl F. Timm of 3218A Kossuth ave. was typical of the veterans who want to the eastern seaport the middle of last week to await their wives' arrival. An employee of the Terminal Railroad Company, he had not seen his wife, Betty, or his son, Earl, since the latter was 13 days old. The boy is now 8 months old. Tim was in service for four years until last November, and was stationed in England with the Army Air Forces for two years.

Most Waiting Here

Most of the husbands conformed to government and Red Cross requests, however and awaited their wives here.
David E. Rubie, a machinist, of 2223A Benton ter., was looking forward with more than the usual anticipation to the arrival of his wife, Kathleen, a London girl. With her will be their 17- months old son, Eugene, whom Rubie, a former corporal, has never seen.
"I was in service for 22 months," he explained, "but I was discharged in August, 1944, and I had to leave England a month before the baby was born. I wonder if he'll know who I was?"
Most of the wives wrote, telephoned of cabled their husbands shortly before the Queen Mary sailed last Monday, all of them expressing eagerness to be with their husbands and see the United States. None of them has ever been in the country before.

Other Arriving

(I chose to omit the list of names and addresses of other St. Louis brides in this article. If you are interested in learning more about these names, please email me.)

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