The Untold Story
Many people have watched Ann Curry on television screens throughout the world over the years as she delivered the news. However, it’s quite possible that many of her fans aren’t aware of the rather touching love story between her parents. Recently, she shared the story of their love affair, and it’s a keeper.
Love During Wartime
Right off the bat, there is something about Ann Curry’s parents that set their love affair apart from most other couples. First of all, Ann’s father, Bob, was a U.S. Navy sailor, while her mother, Nagase, was a Japanese woman who Bob met during the occupation of Japan after World War II.
It is pretty amazing that during the hostile time following World War II, this couple could somehow look past their differences and share a romance together. But that’s exactly what happened, even if the U.S. Navy was not in favor of the relationship. With perseverance, the two would eventually marry and have five children together.
Love Of Journalism
Years later after her parents had married, young Ann Curry got used to traveling due to her father’s military career. She caught the journalism bug and ultimately got her start in Oregon. Eventually, she got the exposure and opportunity that she needed in Los Angeles before getting an even bigger break with NBC.
Not Afraid Of Danger
It was during her time with NBC that Ann Curry began appearing as an anchor on such popular news shows as Today and of course, Dateline NBC. She spent a lot of time courting danger in war-torn countries and even won an Emmy Award for her work in Darfur back in 2007.
We’ll Meet Again
Ann Curry has continued to excel in her journalistic career for over four decades now. She has also continued to challenge herself instead of becoming complacent with the trappings of fame and fortune. With her new series, We’ll Meet Again, Curry is putting the spotlight on crises throughout world history on a personal level.
Bringing People Together
Ann Curry enjoys her new series in part because it helps bring people together after having been split up for various reasons. In one memorable episode, Curry helped a woman from Vietnam locate her American father, who she became separated from during the Vietnam War. The show also has explored the lives of civil rights activists.
While Ann Curry spent much of her career as a straight news reporter, she has enjoyed this new departure, which explores history from a much more human perspective than news programs usually do. “This is human history… of everyday people on the front lines of massive events they have no way to control,” said Curry. “Their stories tell us something about what we are made of.”
It’s pretty hard to take Ann Curry by surprise after decades at the news desk and out in the field. However, she has been taken aback by many of the stories that she has encountered during the series. On The Rachael Ray Show, she shared a story about bringing people together after 70 years apart. Curry said even the cameramen were crying that day.
Sharing Her Parents’ Struggle
The news stories that affect people the most usually have a personal connection to them. This is the case for Curry, who can relate to some of the stories from her new show because of the hardships her parents went through during the early years of their relationship. She shared that story with Rachael Ray.
Love At First Sight
Back when Bob first met Ann’s mother in Japan, he liked her right away. Unfortunately, he was too shy to talk to her at first. However, she worked as a street car conductor, and he saw her regularly because of that. After a couple of weeks, he finally decided that it was time to talk to the girl he admired.
Forbidden Love Affair
Bob eventually got the courage to speak to Nagase. However, their challenges had only begun. The two lovebirds hit it off, but the U.S. Navy did not share their enthusiasm. Bob had to ask permission to wed his new love, but he was flatly denied by the powers that be. Without being married, she wouldn’t be able to accompany him back to the U.S.
Even without being able to get married, at least Bob and Nagase got to be together in Japan. However, that was about to change. The Navy told Bob, “We’re sending you out,” Ann explained on The Rachael Ray Show. Bob was informed that he had been dismissed from Japan and instead would be stationed thousands of miles away in Morocco.
Back To Japan
Bob ended up being stationed in Morocco for two years. For all that time, he was unable to see his beloved Nagase. However, those years eventually paid off as Bob got his dream assignment and was again sent to Japan by the U.S. Navy. Upon his arrival, he went to visit Nagase right away and got some shocking news.
Ann would later talk about her father’s account of the moment when he saw Nagase again for the first time. “He knocked on the door, and she came flying in, and they were hugging each other,” she said. Her father noticed something wrong, though. She was much skinnier than before. “And that’s when he discovered that she was dying of tuberculosis,” Ann said.
Another Stumbling Block
Many things had changed in the two years since Bob had been away. Now, it wasn’t so frowned upon for U.S. service members to marry Japanese women. However, it simply wasn’t going to be allowed if the authorities knew she was very ill. Bob realized at that point that he was going to have to try a trick to make it all work.
Faking The Health Exam
Bob could not marry Nagase until it was proven that she was in good health, which obviously presented a problem. However, Bob was able to get one of Nagase’s sisters to take the x-ray instead in order to fool the U.S. Navy. Unbelievably, the trick worked, and the Navy was fooled by the maneuver.
Back In America
Bob and Nagase were finally able to marry, and the two lovebirds were quite happy. However, the specter of Nagase’s tuberculosis still loomed over them in a foreboding fashion. Bob insisted that Nagase talk to a U.S. doctor. The physician recommended a somewhat risky surgery as her best chance to continue living.
The surgery, which involved removing 90% of Nagase’s lungs, was very difficult on her body. It took six months for Nagase to return to her normal healthy state, and during that time she couldn’t even bathe or feed herself. However, the experience only brought Bob and Nagase even closer together.
A Happy Marriage
Against all the odds that they faced together, Bob and Nagase would stay married until Nagase passed away in 2001. By then, it had been a half-century since she was originally diagnosed! It’s unbelievable that the couple was able to overcome the considerable challenges they faced, and Ann Curry is a testament to the power of their love.