Tears, Tragedy and Genealogy

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My sister just sent me a piece of family history that boggles the mind.

My uncle Jim was an engineer who help build the first atomic bombs dropped in Japan. Shortly after the war, he went to Japan and met a Swedish born Japanese woman and brought her back to the states to marry her.

She became pregnant, but the animosity of the US Government was still high, and because of her Japanese heritage, refused both her citizenship and marriage license. She returned to Japan where her daughter was born. But my family had no idea of her fate, and scoured internment camps and wrote many letters to authorities in both Japan and the US.

But it was a tragic series of events that followed. The mother died, and the daughter was raised in the slums by her nanny.

Here is the AP story of that tragedy. I am trying to contact my niece now …

An identity lost in post-war Japan took 67 years to reclaim

In New Mexico, they even had a Mary Ann Vaughn Day …

4 thoughts on “Tears, Tragedy and Genealogy

    sister2cats said:
    February 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I feel as if Granny had a hand My in finding out about her. I have been doing the Family Genealogy. Today was Granny’s Birthday and I Started Googling her and this popped up I am thrilled.

    A Perfectmindstorm said:
    February 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Oh how sad 😦 But hopefully you have or will contact her and get to know her. Somewhat of a miracle that after all these years she is found

      Rusty Armor responded:
      February 21, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Yeah. It is too bad that all those who were searching for her died …

    Boo said:
    February 21, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    This is an amazing story! I’m so glad y’all found her. You can tell her about those that searched for her. Good luck!

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