Man spent 70 years searching for “long lost love” and is beside himself when he finds her

For seven long decades, the specter of a lost love lingered in the heart of 91-year-old Duane Mann.

He was tormented by the thought that Peggy Yamaguchi, his first love, believed he had deserted her.


Yet, he clung to hope, tirelessly searching for her, unaware that she, too, had never truly let go.

Their story began in 1954 in Yokosuka, Japan, where a 22-year-old Mann, serving with the Navy, met and fell in love with Yamaguchi.

Their plans for a future together were abruptly interrupted when Mann was ordered back to the U.S. just as they discovered they were expecting a child.

Determined to return and marry her, Mann’s dreams were dashed when his father squandered his savings.

Returning home from the Korean War without the means to return to Japan, Mann was puzzled by the sudden halt of letters from Yamaguchi.

Little did he know, his mother, driven by prejudice, was destroying her letters, determined to prevent their union.
Then, a final letter arrived, bearing the heart-wrenching news of their lost child and Yamaguchi’s subsequent marriage to another man.

“It was over, it set in that idea that I abandoned her, just wore me out,” Mann confessed to KETV.

“That’s not an honorable thing to do.”
Despite the years, Mann could not forget Yamaguchi and eventually enlisted his son’s help to find her, believing she was still in Japan.


Yamaguchi was not across the ocean but a mere 650 miles away in Michigan, having moved there with her Navy husband.

Mann’s son shared his father’s quest online, and it caught the attention of a young History Channel researcher, Theresa Wong, who was moved to help and successfully located Yamaguchi.

“I feel like it cut me right to my soul,” said Wong, explaining her determination to reunite the long-lost lovers.
The sons of the two lovers orchestrated a meeting, and the pair finally saw each other again, their joy palpable in a conference room at the Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba.

In an emotional exchange, Mann told Yamaguchi, “I’m here to tell you that I didn’t abandon you at all. I just couldn’t find you.”

He revealed photos of her he had treasured in his wallet for 70 years, a testament to his unwavering love.

Overcome with emotion, Yamaguchi embraced Mann, saying, “Thank you for remembering and [saving] all the pictures, you must have loved me.”

Her enduring affection was evident, too—her son’s middle name is Duane.


For Mann, sharing his truth was a profound relief, a “freeing experience.”

Brian Mann, Duane’s son, reflected on his father’s character: a man of kindness, heart, and courage, never afraid to step outside the norm.

Their story, a testament to enduring love and devotion, is one for the ages.

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