Kenneth meets Perle, his future wife, at her best friend’s wedding where he is an usher. He pursues her for 4 years.
After joining the US Army, Kenneth visits New York City on official business. He proposes to Perle on the subway as a crowd cheers him on. An interesting sidebar: Kenneth is transporting a prisoner to Leavenworth and he is handcuffed to Kenneth’s wrist during the proposal! In 1944, Perle travels by train to Florida to the army base where Kenneth is stationed and they marry.
Kenneth is in San Francisco about to set sail for the occupation of Japan when Aron, his first son, is born. Aron’s birth provides the necessary additional “points” required to keep Kenneth home. After the Red Cross confirms his birth by telegram, he walks off the ship and goes home to Brooklyn. Discharged from the army, Kenneth restarts the business with Joel, his older brother. The company is renamed Suna Bros. They set up shop on 7 West 45th Street and expand to more space on the same floor shortly after.
Suna Bros. launches full speed into manufacturing diamond jewelry and quickly becomes known for very fine quality.