The Lives of Japanese War Brides in America: Part 1
After WWII, more than 40,000 Japanese "war brides" married American soldiers and moved to the U.S., risking everything on a future with their former enemies. In the first part of this series, we meet several of these courageous women and learn how they made their decision to begin a new life from the ashes of war.
Fumiko Ward met her husband Louis in 1945, and pushed through with their marriage despite objections by her parents. Before her death, her mother told her, "Your happiness matters the most."
Susie Wenger met her husband Don when she was 23, and he was 19. Don reenlisted in the Korean War in order to be able to marry her.
Hiroko Tolbert O'Connor achieved success by opening a supermarket that only employed women. Her daughter Kathryn became an editor at the Washington Post, and in 2016 began writing an acclaimed series of articles on war brides.
Tami Young visits the grave of her husband Kenneth. She recalls that the two of them got along so well, they were like one person.