Yaeko Sugama Weldon was born in 1925 in Tokorozawa, Japan. She was 16 years old when the U.S. entered the war following the Pearl Harbor attack. After the war, in 1958, she married an American serviceman stationed near her town, then moved to the U.S., settling in Joliet, IL and occasionally visiting Chicago’s Japantown. Currently she resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
Linda Austin grew up listening to her mother’s stories and finally got to work writing a book about them after a family friend took the first steps. “The most difficult part was writing in my mother’s voice so that readers would be able to hear her speaking her life story.” Linda currently resides with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri, not far from her mother.
With Jerry Waxler, Dec 2011: