Visitor: Albert Brown
Reference: Surf in
Location: Ashley, Ohio
WebSite: U.S.S. Nicholas DD449 WWII History
Web Info: U.S. Navy destroyer WWII History
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 19:36:20 (EST)
Comments: Thanks Mick for sending me your page, They are great, as you read the war history of the U.S.S. Nicholas you will see that we were at Okinawa also in taking it back from the Japs. I was 19 yrs. old at the time. My son Robert who was also a marine was there on his 19th birthday when they gave Okinawa her freedom. The U.S.S. Nicholas was named after Samuel B. Nicholas, the very first marine Major, That is why we were such a great fighting ship - one of the best in naval history. Her bell is now in the Marine museum. There is a new Ship by the same name that is a missile ship Number 47, They are carrying on the same tradition of the good name of the U.S.S. Nicholas FFG47 This is a great site you have here.
From and Ole Salty Sailor to a Great Marine Good luck and great Sailing
Hi there, Albert!!
I hope things are going well for you in Ohio! Thank you very kindly for coming by my Okinawa website and thanks for signing in the book!!
I've toured your site this evening and it looks like you must have had one heck of an exciting ride through the Pacific theater of operations!
I have an awful lot of respect for men such as yourselves.... without you - who knows? We might all be speaking Japanese these days!! But seriously, we, as a generation of "baby boomers," in my opinion don't really take the time to think and appreciate the sacrifices that your generation made. Many of those guys were lost and many of you who survived gave up your youthful naivete.
Please rest assured that some of us noticed and respect you for what you've done!
I hope you'll forgive me for not being a former Marine! *grin* I read in your guestbook entry that you must have thought I was.... sorry, dude!! You are the sailor, your son is the Marine and I'm the retired "fly boy!" Air Force was my thing. My dad was Navy though!! Does that count? *chuckle*
It's been a nice visit at your site, Albert!! Thanks!
I salute you!!
Visitor: Paul B. Missett, Jr.
Reference: The Gunny's page
Location: Philadelphia, PA
WebSite: Hard Charger Apparel
Web Info: Clothing with Armed Forces logos.
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 13:11:50 (EST)
Comments: Mick: Great site! You certainly did your homework about The Rock! I really enjoyed seeing your scrapbook of pictures. I felt like I was a 19 year old private again on Camp Schwab.
Visitor: Del Loewe
Reference: Referred by Mick
Location: Northern California
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 10:34:12 (EST)
Comments: Mick- A terrific site. Okinawa is a place everyone should get a chance to visit, through this site, they can. My first visit was to geographical/historical/political sections, but I will visit often and see them all. Bravo Zulu! Del L.
Visitor: Gerald Ross
Reference: You emailed me after seeing me in Gunny's book.
Location: Marshall, Texas
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 10:06:59 (EST)
Comments: I like your site so far. Have just started to browse through it.
Visitor: Dixie Lawson
Reference: Your invitation.
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 08:01:17 (EST)
Comments: This site is great! Thanks for inviting me. The kid's will love this site lots of information. My Son is stationed on Camp Futenma until Jun. I hope he gets as many pictures as you did Okinawa is beautiful. I will send you our school web page as soon as it's up and running. I will also post your site on Marine Moms and Dads. The parents there will really benifit from the information on your site.
Visitor: Robert S. Mizner
Reference: Got your e-mail about an Okinawa website
Location: Okinawa Japan
WebSite: Okinawa Rod and Gun Club
Web Info: Info about our club, clay target shooting
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 1999 at 05:36:41 (EST)
Comments: Super website! Words cannot describe it!! I bookmarked it because I'll definitely be visiting it again and passing the URL on to my friends. Keep up the good work.
Visitor: John R. Persich
Reference: Gunny Northrop's site
Location: Born in Texas, raised in California, now living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 1999 at 23:17:00 (EST)
Comments: I passed thru Okinawa as a Marine in 1970 and 1971 going to and from Viet Nam, only spent a few days each time. Didn't ever want to be stationed there as it was called the ROCK. My daughter is a Marine now, 2 years in Okinawa, she loves it there , she would like to do her whole 20 there?!! Also lots of travel with the 31st MEU, she has out done me in 2 years in places visited than I did in 9 years, even volunteered to go to Kuwait last Nov 11th! I will spend a few evenings in the near future going thru your site. Semper Fi!
Visitor: Chris Lee
Reference: Your E-Mail about the site
Location: League City, Tx
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 1999 at 21:50:56 (EST)
Comments: This is one of the best site's about Okinawa, for my little brother and family are stationed there. I was there with 2/12 3rdMarDiv in 84-85. Your picture's brought back a lot of memorys. Spent alot of time a Kadena for lots of Air Force freinds. Am curious about info about Foster. keep up the wonderfull work. Chris Lee
I thank you kindly for taking a few minutes to sign the guestbook!! Happy that you enjoyed it and hope you'll be back! Lotsa good stuff to see and hear on the site.
I envy your brother and his family having the opportunity to be there now during a time of change. I truly believe that the Okinawan people have finally come to a juncture in their history where they're tired of always being the runt of the litter - the bastard child. Now that Governor Ota has been voted out of office I think their progress has been slowed but it's inevitable that Okinawa will one day get out from under the thumb of the American and Japanese governments.
It will indeed be an interesting time in the next few years to see the changes. I firmly believe that most of the Okinawans like Americans on an individual basis - they just don't like being taken advantage of any longer.
I don't really know how or why I got off on that tangent! *shrug* I guess it's just that I'd love to be there now to see just how much the overall relationship has evolved between us and those wonderful people.
Welp.... thanks again for cruising my "Welcome to Okinawa" and hope to see you there again some time!
Visitor: Mike J Hendershot
Web Info: n/a
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 1999 at 18:32:44 (EST)
Comments: Being a prior service Marine I am concerned about my son 19 who will be going there for 6 mos. I went thru Oki in transistion to RVN and stay there for a month at language school..came out of the field straight into Kedena and was met at the sna ck bar by two beautiful round eyed dependants who showed me the island and even took me water sking..My concern for my son is that alcohol does not become a choice for boredom and that he will enjoy his time there perhaps diving and other things that he c ould do with a limited income..so many of the young Marine's get sucked into drinking it is very negative and dangerous etc. I regard's to the Rape incident I do not have all the detail's but I would support the letter of the law and it would be harsh..ve ry harsh.. thank you for your invite..66/67/68 was my time of service thru Okie..my son will be there in Aug. and my prayer's will go with him ..Semper Fi
Thank you very kindly for visiting my Okinawa website and for taking a few minutes to sign in!
I hope that your son has a rewarding tour of duty on island! I know what you mean about the potential for getting stuck in a rut and falling in with drinking and hell-raising. I have the same concerns about my boys here in Montana! I guess we always hope the best for the kids wherever they go, eh? There are so many constructive, positive things to do there! My gosh! Just getting to know the people, the language and some of the culture could be a full-time job for 2-3 years! I spent a total of 7 years on island and frequently lamented that my job kept getting in the way of my mission!! HehHehHehHeh!!! As much as I love my work I'd much rather have spent the time living amongst and learning from the gentle people of Okinawa!! But then, if that had been the case, I guess there'd have been no reason for me to be sent there in the first place!! *chuckle*
I wish him well and Godspeed!! And I wish well for you and your family in the New Year!!
Visitor: Mayumi Hirtzel
Reference: Dad sent me!
WebSite: Umi's World
Web Info: A smattering of me
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 1999 at 08:47:04 (EST)
Comments: Hi, Mick! My dad Joe sent me here to take a look at some of your pictures...they're great! But I especially thought the code you used for the tourbook was very cool! I've never seen anything quite like it, and you did a great job combining pictu res and text. Keep up the fantastic work!
Hi there, Mayumi!!
Thanks again for coming by the Okinawa website!! Glad you found something you liked!! And don't be too good to me about that code for the scrapbook! HehHehHeh!!! I saw one like that before and thought, "That's just what I need for my Scrapbook!" which took WAY too long to load when it was a page with anywhere from 4 to 12 or so photos!
The credit goes to my brother who is the webmaster of the site on which I first saw the "slideshow."
Please pass on many "Doomo arigatos" to Joe for sending you my way! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit and hope you'll be back for more!! There's a buncha stuff to see and HEAR! I looked at the counter on my "Sounds" page and was amazed by how FEW people have actually gone there! There's a virtual treasure chest full of Real Audio links to authentic Okinawan music - traditional, folk and contemporary. Don't miss it!!
Well, enough self-promotion!! *smirk*
I've been to your site - thoroughly enjoyed it but was disappointed that you don't have a guestbook. I wanted to sign in and let you know what a great job you've done at your place!! So, I hope you'll accept e-mail kudos!
Thanks again and Happy New Year to your and yours!!!
Reference: Doing a search for Kubasaki High School
Location: San Francisco, currently
Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 1999 at 17:35:27 (EST)
Comments: Didn't get very far on your site -- there's so much! It's great, though. I only got through one tour on the Okinawa page and it made me laugh out loud. The picture of the fish at the botanical garden taken from the observation deck -- I have tha t exact same picture! I lived there from '80 to '84 and seeing those few pictures made me hunger for more. I'll definitely be back!!
Wow!! Hi, Trisha!!
I truly appreciate your kind comments in the guestbook!! I apologize for taking so long in responding though! *shrug* I do get behind from time to time and this has been a "time!"
Did you find the link to the Kubasaki Alumni site? If not, let me know and I'll lead you to it!!
I enjoy hearing (reading) from people who have shared some of the same experiences as I and am always happy when someone says how much they enjoy the site. It makes it worth all the time and energy that goes into my obvious addiction! *chuckle*
Glad to know you'll be back. Please let me know if there's something you were hoping to find but didn't - I'm always on the prowl for more features to include on the site!!
Happy New Year!!
Visitor: Gary Llewellyn
Reference: Just stumbled upon it...
Date: Sun, Jan 10, 1999 at 14:49:29 (EST)
Comments: Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your home page...music, pics, etc. I was stationed on Okinawa with the Marines at Camp Schwab 1993. I do have a question...how does a person build a home page like yours, It is very profesional l ooking. I would like to build a scrapbook with slides I took while stationed on Guam and Okinawa and other personal pics. Any advice would b appreciated. Thanks, Gary Llewellyn
Thank you very much for your kind words about the site! I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Man! I don't even know where to start with helping you get a page off the ground. I started a little over 2 years ago with just enough HTML savvy to get a page to appear on the screen! *grin* From there it was a matter of reading HTML tips and guides that are abundant on the 'net and, of course, looking at the document source of pages where I saw something that I really liked and wanted to apply to one of my websites.
I appreciate your comments and have to admit: I am kinda proud of the Okinawa website. It's my addiction! I do write all of my own HTML script - don't even know how to use one of those editor packages!! What I don't know how to do yet is to make those JAVA applets that shows a wavy reflection on the water! I SHALL know how to do that though before I die!! *snicker*
Take care, Gary - and Happy New Year to you and your family!!
WebSite: Ultima's Dream Page
Date: Mon, Jan 04, 1999 at 15:31:06 (MST)
Comments: I like the page lots to do here!
Visitor: John W McDonald (Formerly J9ABC)
Reference: Checking out various search engines and decided to find Shuri Castle
Location: Redmond, Washington
Date: Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 17:25:06 (MST)
Comments: Spent the year 1947 at Kadena AFB as a Tech Rep. Do not have sufficient time to see all of your Web page. Will revisit. At the time we were at Kadena we serviced the 1st Air Division, and the 316th Bomb Group. (B-29s).
Please forgive me for taking so long to respond to your guestbook entry in "Welcome to Okinawa"
I envy your experience of being on Okinawa in '47! I'd love to have been able to see what it was like so soon after the war! I've always admired the Ryukyuan people and am trying to learn about their way of life pre-WW2. As you may know, there aren't a lot of references still in publication which detail life in Loo Choo in the days before the war. *sigh*
I'm wondering... do you have many photos from the time you were there? If so, do you think you'd trust me to return them to you if you were to mail some to me? I'd scan 'em and send 'em right back to you! Of course, I would want to post them on the web site and will give you full credit for the photos. Maybe a little story about your tour on the island too? *grin* I don't ask for much, eh?
Well, anyway, I thank you very kindly for visiting and hope you'll be back!! Happy New Year, John and I hope all is well for you and your family in '99!
Visitor: Boyd G. Bolte
Reference: Long Surf Story
Location: Live SC
Date: Mon, Dec 28, 1998 at 16:09:01 (MST)
Comments: Hey Mick: Great site. I have actually been to a couple of the places you have pictured. When you stand at Nakajin Jo and feel the air blow across the top of the walls ... you never forget! I used to live Tomari (Naha) came back in 94 ... BIG MIS TAKE!! My wife is from Miyako Jima ... very isolated there. Take it easy Kiostukete ne! By the way, Nihongo dekiru kana? Boku wa kantan no koto ba shaberu masu. AKA:Nishimura, Kani
Thanks a bunch for coming by to sneak a peek at my Okinawa site!! I hope that you're enjoying a great New Year!! I'm sorry for taking so danged long getting back to you... no good excuses - just a buncha reasons! *grin*
So, "going back" was a BIG MISTAKE? Going back to Miyako? Going back to the States? I hope it wasn't anything that left a sour note for Okinawa! Actually, I'd be sorry for ANY sour notes, but anyway....
Tomari must have been an exciting experience. I lived in Awase and Makiminato (Machinato) the first time I was on island; 1972-75 and then went back in '86, Yomitan and Kadena were home then, so I really didn't get to experience living in the densely populated areas of the island.
Happy New Year, Boyd - and please stop by the site again some time! And, of course, send your friends!! *grin*
Visitor: Bob Norman
Location: Payson Arizona
Date: Tuesday, Dec 22, 1998 at 00:09:32 (MST)
Comments: No comment at this time.....
Thank you, Bob, for cruising the site! Hope you'll be back!
Visitor: Janet Crane
Reference: via your brother Michael
Location: Payson, AZ
Date: Thurs, Dec 17, 1998 at 14:02:26 (MST)
Comments: Hi! Great website. Michael was bragging on your site and I told him I was in the Marine Corps and spent 2 years on Okinawa. I really enjoyed it over there. I haven't had time yet to see everything, but many memories have come flooding back to me already. Thank you for your site, it is really awesome. I was over there 1981- 1983, stationed at Camp Kinser then Camp Foster. I lived off base in Ginowan City. I will be back to check the site out further, there is a lot to see of this small island. God Bless & Merry Christmas!
Thank you very kindly for coming by my website! I apologize for the delay in responding to your guestbook entry. My brother told me that I could be looking for a message from you as he had referred you to the site. I'm glad that you found it worth the "trip!"
When I returned to Okinawa in 1986, after having been gone for 11 years I was amazed at the changes in the southern part of the island but was gratified to see that the rural northern reaches hadn't been TOO badly developed. There were a heck of a lot more luxry hotels going up and, as I understand it now there are even MORE! *tsk!*
I'll get back some day for a first-hand sneaky-peek at it! *grin* I just don't know when that "some day" is going to be!
Welp, thanks again and I hope the best for you and your family in 1999!
Visitor: Sonya Crosby
Reference: forwarded addy
Location: Malmstrom AFB
Date: Sun, Dec 13, 1998 at 02:19:47 (MST)
Comments: Very nice site, it's helping me look for a name on a braclet I wear.
I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I've just had a hard time finding the time to get caught up! Thank you very kindly for coming by the website and I hope that you found your POW/MIA. Did you come across the link I have on my "U.S. Air Force" page:
which connects you to a POW/MIA database? You can search for your POW/MIA by name then review the list of documents that the DoD has. It doesn't actually show the documents but it does show the titles and sometimes you can determine whether or not your missing person was sonfirmed KIA. I did find mine and did indeed see a document entitled confirmation, etc. You can order documents if you want the details.
Well, I know this response is more than a month late and again, I apologize for being so slow to respond.
Thank you again, Sonya!!