He was stationed outside London, and Ellen says she thought "he seemed like a nice guy." When he came back another day and asked her to have lunch with him, she was torn."I always went to lunch with one of the other girls," she says.Ellen and Lloyd were finally reunited in America in April 1946, and settled in Lloyd’s Pennsylvania hometown.
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.
My mother said, ‘I married who I wanted.’ And that was that." Ellen and Lloyd married June 16, 1945, in London.
Lloyd returned to the United States and began a nine-month wait for permission for Ellen to join him, during which time Lloyd was discharged from the military.
Throw in the food, chocolate, cigarettes, and stockings the soldiers shared with the destitute citizens, and it’s easy to see why so many young women gladly pledged their troth to them. Although many British women who dated American servicemen were branded as traitors to their own countrymen, Ellen’s parents felt otherwise.
"My father and mother were very open-minded" about dating American soldiers, she says.
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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.