With JFK’s Help (9:32)

Kimiko Yamaguchi Amato

Angelo Amato, an 18-year-old GI from East Boston, was among the first US troops to arrive in Japan following Emperor Hirohito’s surrender in August 1945. In time, he would meet the girl he would marry — Kimiko Yamaguchi — and bring her home. But to get around the immigration laws of the day would require help from his congressman, a young political up-and-comer named John F. Kennedy.

Becoming Catholic (3:58)

Chikako (Peggy) Kutsuna Olejnik

Peggy was fairly certain she did not want to be involved with the American GIs at the Kure Ammunition Depot in Hiroshima depot, where she had gotten a job as a typist.   But one young man asked several times and Peggy agreed to go out on a date with him because she knew he was leaving Japan in just a few weeks.   She figured it would be a few dates with no obligations on either side. But Cy told her he would write and that he wanted her to write back. And he did. For three years. When he was finally posted back to Japan, he wanted to marry her but first she had to convert to Catholicism.   Getting baptized, it turned out, was not going to be easy.

Dating Mr. Mountain Nose (5:39)

Hiroe Shibata Hosna

When Hiroe got the well-paying job in a military intelligence office, she knew she was not supposed to date anyone in the building.   He was persistent, though, and finally she relented. She got fired and he was demoted.   Still, she was taken aback when at a dinner show one night he presented her with a box containing two rings, which she thought were earrings.