British civilian served with Women's Royal Naval Service in GB from 1943. Marriage to American GI, 1944 and emigration to USA, 1946
REEL 1 Various aspects of family background, Plymouth, Devon, GB. Various aspects of period with WRNS: reasons for joining WRNS; duties. Recollections of American GIs, GB: arrival of GIs; first impressions of GIs; meeting future husband, 3/1944; attitude of mother towards her American boyfriend; attitude of parents towards her marriage to GI, 28/10/1944; wartime wedding; attitude of husband towards living in GB; honeymoon; husband's return to USA with captured German destroyer, 7/1945; birth of son, 9/1945; attitude towards husband's return to USA. Aspects of journey to USA on board Queen Mary, 5/2/1946:weather conditions; food; facilities; arrival in New York, 10/2/1946. Aspects of journey to California by train: reaction to American shops; food; first impressions of USA; reunion with husband. Recollections of life in San Bernadino, California, USA: accommodation.
REEL 2 Continues: relationship with sister-in-laws; adjusting to American lifestyle; learning to cook American way; visiting GB, 1963; attitude of people to her marriage to an American; joining Overseas Brides Club; reasons for taking US citizenship; question of living in GB, difficulties with American language; attitude towards life in USA.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.