August 1st, 2009

[grease live] - milkshake

leave of absence from the war?

Hi everyone!

I'm working on a piece of fiction that's set during World War II, and I was hoping that people here could help me out.

For an American soldier fighting overseas, if he's married and his wife back home has a baby on the way, was there any way that he could get any kind of leave of absence go home for the birth of the baby?  Or was that unheard of?  I've been browsing some WWII sites and couldn't find anything about this, so I thought I'd try here.

Alternatively, how long did an American soldier's station overseas usually last?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but they were only overseas for a certain amount of time before they returned home for a break, right? 

Hopefully someone here can set me on the right track - I'm Canadian, so I know *way* more about Canadian soldiers than American ones.  So I want to make sure I've got my facts down.

Thank you so much!