WOMEN: Homecoming

Foggy rain blanketed San Francisco harbor as a big U.S. transport moved under the Golden Gate Bridge. But for most of the ship's 2,000 jampacked passengers, it was as if the sun were shining: they were homecoming veterans of Guadalcanal, New Guinea and many a naval battle. For some 90 young women, however, it was a fearsome moment. They were the Australian wives and sweethearts of U.S. G.I. Joes, 6,000 miles away from their Down Under homes—and about to meet their in-laws.

"I Forget How He Looks." News pictures told the U.S. that its soldiers & sailors had gone for...