Love and Marriage

As the war raged on, couples faced a growing quandary: should they get married or wait until the war was over? It was a difficult decision because everyone, like Marie Colton, knew your loved one could come home as an invalid, or worse. Still, many took the plunge. Marie married Henry just before he shipped out for Europe. Falls Price wed Martha McCrary, then left three days later. In February, 1945, Bill Ferebee took a troop train all the way from San Francisco to Winston Salem to marry his high school sweetheart. He says it looked like the war was never going to end and besides – even though it sounds silly now – they were in love.

Marine Robert Youngdeer with his wife in 1943.

Bill Ferebee, an aviation machinist in the
Navy during World War II, with his wife Ophelia.

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In Act 15 (of 20), entitled “Love and Marriage,” the documentary examines, as the war raged on, couples’ growing quandary: should they get married or wait until the war was over?