Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type



Political Science & International Relations


Wars succeed or fail just like relationships. Measuring the affect of the U.S. military in foreign lands can be done with many different tools. The uncommon mechanism for this particular research is war brides. Why citizens from other countries choose to engage in relationships with American military personnel and marry them provides a unique insight about troops and the wars they fight in foreign countries. War bride information is not well documented, however, which leaves a gap in the full understanding of conflicts on and off the battlefield. This particular study uses a culmination of numerous interviews with actual war brides and articles outlining their lives to help command a greater perspective on the relationships and conflicts over time and overseas during World War Two, the Vietnam War, and lastly the present conflict in Iraq. The use of these three wars provides information about unique conflicts throughout variant time periods, places and cultures.