Dorothy May (Dot) Allburn's brother, Nez Allburn, and his wife, Rose. lived in an apartment in Washington, D.C., Albert Joseph (Al) Pelletier, Jr, who was stationed in D.C. for a school, shared the apartment directly above Nez's with some other sailors.
The Allburns were both Al's age and good company. They soon became good friends.
After high school, Dot was invited for an extended visit to her brother's home. She had a job and stayed at Rose and Nez's apartment. At night, Al's laugh could plainly be heard through the ceiling. Dot would say, “How could anyone live with someone with that laugh?” Little did she realize, she would find out!
Once Al met Dot, he began spending all of his free time with her. Soon after they met, Al got orders to Cavite, Phillipines, He was to transfer in two weeks and could spend one month on leave before reporting to the ship that would take him there. The evening that he recieved his orders, Al asked Dot to wait for him to return to the States in three years. Her answer was, “No, I won't wait for you. Take me with you.” He explained that he wasn't a high enough rank to be allowed either transportation or housing for dependents and couldn't even get married without the permission of his commanding officer.
Over the next few days, they decided that they did want to marry each other and began to plan how to accomplish it.
They decided to marry after he separated from his command, so he wouldn't have to get permission. However, it was Advent and the Catholic Church didn't celebrate weddings during Advent. However, since Al was leaving for the Phillipines in a couple of weeks and Dot was a Methodist, they managed to talk the priest into allowing it. He agreed to perform the marriage in the rectory, after Dot had attended a few lessons on the Catholic Church. So Dot and Al were married on 14 Dec 1936, only six weeks after they had met.
Then they traveled first to Erie, PA, to meet Dot's family, then on to Superior, WI, to meet his. When they got to Superior, they still didn't have a plan to get Dot to the Phillipines. Al's dad, Albert Joseph (Bert) worked for the Great Northern Railway and knew just what to do. Bert took Al to an agent for the Great Northern Railway, used his employee status, and the agent was able to arrange everything for a price Dot and Al could afford. She would travel by steamer, out of Seattle. The trip would take a month. They were able to apply for Dot's passport then too.
No sooner had they gotten this arranged, than the company went on strike delaying her departure. Al's leave was almost up by then, he would have to report to his ship for transport to the Phillipines. Until she could sail, Dot moved in with her newly met in-laws. She lived there for many months before the month long journey to join her husband. Although Bert and Louise and Al's siblings were very kind to her, it must have taken a lot of courage to get her through those first few months.