Post world war 2 dating
"When he was released, he came to London instead of going back to the States," Ellen says.
"He asked my parents if he could marry me and my father said, ‘Talk to the boss,’ meaning my mother.
Ellen corresponded with Lloyd the entire time he was imprisoned, until he was freed more than a year later when the Allies entered Austria.
Scheduled to return to the United States, Lloyd decided he had business to take care of first.
"There were four of us working at the post office, and we took turns going to lunch in pairs.
I told him I was having lunch with Nora, and he said, ‘She can come along.’ So we began walking to Trafalgar Square, which was just a few blocks away.
But what made so many foreign women enter relationships with American soldiers when their families and communities often disapproved of such unions?
If British women saw American soldiers as a breath of fresh air, the liberated people of continental Europe saw them as nothing short of heroes.
It is widely noted that the final straw that led to World War II was the German and Russian invasion of Poland in 1939.
Seventeen-year-old Londoner Ellen Bailey was working in a post office in the fall of 1943 when Lloyd Kern, a 20-year-old staff sergeant with the US Eighth Air Force, walked in one day.
Nora suddenly left us on our way to lunch because she knew Lloyd wanted to be with me." That simple lunch in 1943 launched Ellen on a great adventure that culminated in her leaving home and family to make a new life in America.
Ellen joined a million other English, European, and Asian women who married US servicemen. Precise totals are hard to determine, but between the years 19, about one million American soldiers married foreign women from 50 different countries.