Toyoko Inoue was not yet 10 when she saw her first American: a World War II pilot wearing goggles as he sliced his airplane past the window of her home in Sasebo, Japan.|
During those dark days, living out evenings in blackout conditions to hide from American bombers, the image of the pilot shocked the young girl peeking out of the top floor window of her home.
“His face was red, he had big eyes and a bald head ... he looked too pink,” recalledToyoko Inoue Belcher, of Waynesboro. “That stuck in my head.”
About 10 years later, despite years of her parents telling her to fear and avoid the American military men who occupied her city during World War II and the Korean War, Toyoko married an American Navy man from Alabama.
Not just any sailor, the late Jim Belcher served on the USS Indianapolis, which had delivered atomic bomb materials that devastated his wife’s country.
Despite those marks against Jim Belcher — and his memories of surviving the famed sinking of his ship by a Japanese submarine in shark-infested waters in the Philippine Sea — their 46-years of marriage taught tolerance to their children and extended families.
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