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Visitor: al B
Reference: by accident really; thru Virtual Okinawa, & surfing-around...
Location: Originally Wilmington, NC; now VandenbergAFB, Santa Maria, California
WebSite: After looking yours over; I'm not about to put my site up... )-:
Web Info:
Date: Fri, Dec 04, 1998 at 17:16:30 (MST)
Comments: Really enjoyed my visit to your site; very professionally done. One of the best I've ever seen. Made my oku-san a little homesick though; she's from Ieshima, Ryukyus'. The music sounds great and I'll now have to endure many hours of not surfing the net while she listens and moves around your site! I was in the Far East eleven years, mostly Okinawa; but didn't stay there much (RVN). USAF Retired (79), and been at VandyLand now almost another 20 years, looking forward to retiring AGAIN real soon. TNX for a job very well done with your Web Site, and I'll be visiting many more times for sure in the nearest future. Cheers!
Hi, Al!!
Wow!! Thanks for your message!! Ya know, you've paid me the ultimate compliment! I'm delighted that your bride, a woman who is native to the land I've endeavored to portray on my site, has found it so rewarding that she's bounced you off the 'puter... well, that says it all!!! *grinnin' from ear to ear*
Seriously though, I AM happy that the content of the site was enough to make her a little homesick! Hey! Thanks for having visited the site and even more thanks for your having taken the time to send me a message about your visit!
I've been busy, when I have the time to get on the computer, building a new website about where I live now - Great Falls, Montana, and haven't spent as much time as I usually do researching and searching for new content for the Okinawa site. I'll still be looking though and adding things as I find 'em, so please do come back now and then!
Happy Holidays, Al, to you and your family!!

Visitor: C/SGT Paul M. Webb II
Reference: Surfed on in
Location: Springfield O.
WebSite: POW MIA Eternal Flame
Web Info: Eternal Flame Dedicated to the POWMIAs who are still missing, and those that have fought and died for our country
Date: Tuesday, Dec 01, 1998 at 16:34:11 (MST)
Comments: *salute* Sir, I no longer maintain the sqdn website. I do have a pow mia page, though. Thanks. please come see my page. *one step back* *salute*
Hello, Cadet Sergeant Webb!! *returns salute* At EASE!!!
Thank you for signing in at my website. I tried to access yours too but your URL isn't complete. At Geocities, there are a couple of other things you need, like "Heartland/Ranch" or whatever your neighborhood is. I'd be happy to take a look at yours if you'll e-mail me back with the correct URL!
Hope to "see" you soon!!

Visitor: Dave Todd - KHS Class of 73
Reference: Carl's Links (Kubasaki)
Location: South Carolina
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Date: Sun, Nov 29, 1998 at 06:28:48 (MST)
Comments: Super homepage! The music is great! I'm always looking for more Okinawa and Kubasaki sites and yours is a great find. Thanks for all the hard work you've put forth.
Happy Holidays, Dave!
Thanks for taking a moment to drop me a line! I'm happy that you found my site worthy. I'm forever looking for new "material" to add without making it a "junk-heap" of everything on the 'net! My intent is to present Okinawa in a light somewhat distanced from the War!The people of Okinawa are so much more than a paragraph in a history book and,I think you'd agree, the people of the world just don't know what a beautiful place those islands are.
I haven't found an abundance of information of the Web about Kubasaki or Kadena high schools. I hope your search rewards you.
Please tell me, Dave, how did you happen upon my site? Did you use a search engine? If yes, which one?
Did you find me linked from another Okinawa website? If yes, which page?
Thanks again, Dave. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving and I wish you the best in the coming Holiday season and New Year!

Visitor: mick
Reference: searched for country midi files
Location: england
Web Info:
Date: Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 16:18:41 (MST)
Comments: great site - the best I've come across so far
Hello!!! *hearty handshake*
So, mine is the "best" site you've come across, is it? Welcome to the Internet!! You must have just got on today! *chuckle*
I'm just kiddin', Mick!! Thank you very kindly for the nice comment! I hope you found what you're looking for too! I wish I had unlimited server space so that I could post all of the MIDIs I have on my HD! It's nice to have had a visitor from the British Isles, Mick!
Please come around again! If you didn't get a chance to check out the rest of the site (some 70-80 pages) please do come again!
See ya around the 'net!!

Visitor: Marc McPharlin
Reference: Just Browsing
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
WebSite: McPharlin's Home Page
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Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 1998 at 10:14:51 (MST)
Comments: I really enjoyed your information about Okinawa. I was stationed there during Operation Desert Storm at Camp Hansen with the Marine Corps. It brought back a lot of good memories. Thanks
Hey, Mark!
Geeeeze!! I'm so danged far behind in mailings that I'm embarassed it took this long to say, "Hi!" Sorry, dude!!
I'm delighted that you had a good time on Okinawa and at my website. I love those islands! The Ryukyuan people are the koolest, aren't they!? I spent a few weeks at Hansenback in '89. I was in the Air Force, doing a CATLS course with the Navy. (Combat Advanced Trauma Life Support) The Corps "hosted" us in the Central Training Area and provided all the fun with night ops, rescue & recovery of a "downed pilot" - what a rip!! Haulin' our sorry butts through the jungle at night, some of the way up to our butts in mud, dodging snipers... actually, it was absolutely great training for a fly-boy like me! Between MREs and Porta-Johns those hot meals-on-wheels from Hansen tasted mighty good!! Welp.... thanks again, Marc, for visiting the site and, please... come back again!! I don't know if you read Jim Grogan's story (it's one of the "My Story" features) but he mailed me some photos and I've added them in with text links, so, if ya haven't seen it yet, you oughtta read his account. He went back after being away for 28 years! Dang!! I left there to retire from the AF only 8 years ago and every day I think about going back. Maybe after my SECOND retirement! *grin*
Later, Marine!!!
Semper Fi!

Visitor: Mark Mitchell
Reference: Surfin'
Location: Ft. Bliss, Texas
Web Info:
Date: Fri, Nov 06, 1998 at 19:05:03 (MST)
Comments: These pictures brought back a lot of memories for me. I was there with my dad when I was the same age as your kids when you were there. I also got to show my wife some of the experiences I had as a child. I was there from 82-86, what a great place it was. All the pictures are places I have been. Thanks!

Visitor: Sue Franklin
Reference: surfing
Location: Originally from Okinawa; now in NH
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Date: Thurs, Nov 05, 1998 at 19:54:07 (MST)
Comments: Left Okinawa in 1974. Last residence was in Awase. I had totally forgotten about the Pink Grocery Store! Enjoyed the wonderful pictures of Okinawa.

Visitor: Kody
Location: Currently Stationed on Okinawa, Japan
WebSite: Kody and Staci's Page
Web Info: Personal stuff about us and Okinawa
Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 1998 at 19:35:14 (MST)
Comments: Great page. Lots of information. Thanks for the wonderful stuff on Okinawa. I'm currently stationed on Okinawa, and I love ever minute of it. You have a very cool page, keep up the good work.

Visitor: Ultimate Wizard
Reference: my guest book
Location: GA.
WebSite: Ultimate Wizards Home Page
Web Info: Little bit of everything
Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 1998 at 03:44:34 (MST)
Comments: Hey Mick, noticed you stopped by and signed my guestbook. You asked about putting a link to your Okinawa page on my site. Well, since I am the web master for the Okinawa and Chopstick web ring and you are a member of the web ring then you will always have a link from my page. The site you were looking for. Not sure what happened to it. I updated the web ring last week - had a few sites that had either moved or closed. Hopefully the web ring is now up to date and is again a complete ring. If you notice any other sites in the ring that create a dead end please let me know.

Visitor: George Barnett
Reference: Surfing for Okinawa
Location: Youngstown, Ohio - now Dallas, Texas
Web Info:
Date: Thurs, Oct 15, 1998 at 13:59:15 (MST)
Comments: Very nice site. My wife is from Nakaoshi; a few miles north of Nago. My 3 sons have 26 Okinawan first cousins (no small families years ago - no TV). Have found 30+ Okinawan women in the grater Dallas area; many militray brides - our own Okinawa Ken Jin Kai.

Visitor: King-Leung Har
Reference: Search Engine
Location: Okinawa
WebSite: Class of 97 Homepage
Web Info: OCSI Class of 1997 Homepage
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 1998 at 18:52:44 (MST)
Comments: Hey I'm so glad that I found your page! Its the best Okinawa page so far out of the ones that I have been to. I lived in Okinawa for 17 of my 18 years of my life and here I am going for a EE at a college in California. Your pages and pictures brought me home for a second. Thanks.

Visitor: Dawn
Location: Milwaukee, WI
WebSite: Gary Allan Page
Web Info:
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 1998 at 16:43:55 (MST)
Comments: I really enjoyed all the links your page offers. It is packed full of information and I thouroughly enjoyed myself !! Keep up the great work !

Visitor: Mark
Reference: Through the web ring
Location: Missouri
Web Info:
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 1998 at 00:56:14 (MST)
Comments: You did it, you earned a bookmark! GREAT SITE!!! I served with the 509th @ Pease AFB in Portsmouth, NH. Or at least when it used to be there... As soon as I heard the music on your main page, I felt like I was home again.
Hi, Mark!! *hearty handshake*
Thanks for coming by to take a peek at my website - I appreciate your kind words and am delighted that the music touched a chord. I'm just wondering though, which main page were you referring to? Sorry to sound stupid, Mark, but I have the main "Mick's Big Sky" opening page and I also have a huge Okinawa website, so *shrug* I'm not sure which music you heard! In any case, I'm very happy you came by and I'll try to keep up the sites so they continue to deserve that bookmark!! *smilin'*
Pease AFB was indeed one of the best kept secrets, wasn't it? A beautiful place and they just weren't pounding down the doors to get assigned there.... I was never fortunate enough to get assigned at Pease - and it closed sometime before I retired myself. I remember my dad wanting to get an assignment there too. He retired in '69 - I joined in '70! *shrug* Go figger!! *smirk*
Well, Mark... please do come back from time to time.... and send y'r friends 'n' neighbors!! *chuckle*

Visitor: Eric M. Williams
Reference: yahoo
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Web Info:
Date: Fri, Sep 25, 1998 at 09:44:18 (EDT)
Comments: I was stationed in Okinawa from 1987 - 1990. I met my wife there (she was in the Navy), and both of our children were born at USNH Camp Lester. We have never forgotten our wonderful experience on Okinawa, and always hoped we would be able to return. I am currently working as an Archaeologist for the State of New Mexcio, but recently received some very good news. I have been selected (as for now) to serve as the new Archaeologist for the USMC Japan. I will be working out of Camp Butler, Okinawa, and have a tentative report date of 30 Oct. Needless to say, the family and I are very excited and cannot wait to return to what we consider our Home Sweet Home. Please feel free to e-mail me if there are any photos that you need for your great web site.

Visitor: Lisa Sharff
Reference: Surfing Web Okinawa
Location: Madison, AL
Web Info:
Date: Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 15:23:12 (EDT)
Comments: Thank-you for so many wonderful memories. I was in Okinawa from 1971 to 1974, and attended Kubasaki High. I had forgotten how crowed Okinawa was in places. I used to live right down from Nakagusuku Castle. I only wished that I had taken more Pics myself. Plan to visit your site often.

Visitor: Sam Rettinger
Location: Minnesota
Web Info:
Date: Sun, Sep 20, 1998 at 20:25:02 (EDT)
Comments: GREAT SITE...... I was stationed at Camp Kue Hospital in 1970-71...Big changes... love the people.

Visitor: SSgt Casey Burns
Reference: From Dave's homepage
Location: Vandenberg AFB, California
Web Info:
Date: Fri, Sep 18, 1998 at 20:50:31 (EDT)
Comments: Hey Mick, remember me, I worked with you at Malmstrom in Primary Care/Family Practice. Nice web site, I found Dave's too. When I learn a little more, I will try to make my own page. Take care.

Visitor: Clement Yen
Reference: Through Pacific net
Location: Singapore
Web Info:
Date: Fri, Sep 18, 1998 at 04:31:18 (EDT)
Comments: A very infomative & well organised web page, I'm impressed. Thank you for your time & effort. Best wishes & Warmest regards to you.

Reference: SEARCHING
Web Info:
Contact: goshen@coquinet
Date: Sun, Sep 13, 1998 at 13:59:03 (EDT)

Visitor: kuniko Mcknight
Web Info:
Contact: spiderman@acsworld.Net
Date: Tuesday, Sep 08, 1998 at 14:52:31 (EDT)
Comments: Hi, I enjoy this very much! You almost make me homesick....hahaha. Keep up good job!!

Visitor: Kate
Reference: surfed on in
Location: Tennessee
WebSite: none
Web Info:
Date: Sat, Sep 05, 1998 at 02:42:35 (EDT)
Comments: Great site!!!, loved Crossroads and your tribute to John Denver as well as the midi selection and the wonderful shots of Montana, lived in Okinawa as a kid and Alaska, stationed @ Ft Richardson and an uncle @ Fairbanks..However..*G*.. how come no lyrics or a midi for Meet me in Montana..have been looking everywhere for a copy of both. Be well and look to yourselves.. *S*

Visitor: Cheyenne
Reference: Through a mutual friend.......:o)
Location: San Antonio,TX
WebSite: Cheyenne, The fire within
Web Info: Just another ordinary page....'o)
Date: Fri, Sep 04, 1998 at 16:39:25 (EDT)
Comments: When I got mail from a mutual friend of us last night I wanted to check this page out because he was so full of praise about it and I am a nosye person so I went and I have to say it is AWSOME. I will show my husband your page when he gets home and I am sure he will want to contact you after all these years...:o)
If you have ICQ, my # is17585514.........

Visitor: SrA Jennifer S. Mull
Reference: you gave me your card with the address on it! =)
Location: originally TX, call NJ home, and stationed at MAFB, MT
WebSite: Jen's Juke Joint
Web Info: fun, fun, fun!
Date: Thurs, Sep 03, 1998 at 18:14:50 (EDT)
Comments: Hey! just checkin' out your page! pretty cool! see ya later! SrA Mull =)

Visitor: Cecil L. Clanton
Reference: Your E-mail
Location: Homosassa Florida
Web Info:
Date: Thurs, Sep 03, 1998 at 02:20:35 (EDT)
Comments: I was at Okinawa 1963 1966 Kadena work at Transportation Sq. minor maintenance, belonged to Pacers motorcycle club.Wife and family there with me. we loved there. we had our first new car there a Mazda. I am trying to contact a civ there,but lost my e-mail contact. Your site, looks great,

Visitor: sandy torre
Reference: followed links(BobbyLinks)
Location: newport bch, ca, usa
WebSite: n/a
Web Info: n/a
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 1998 at 18:47:16 (EDT)
Comments: ~~cool tunes~~

Visitor: Jim Teachout
Reference: Ray Gillespie
Location: Toledo Ohio
Web Info:
Date: Mon, Aug 24, 1998 at 12:07:36 (EDT)
Comments: Hi I'm Rays son-inlaw

Visitor: Marv Gilbert
Reference: Searching the web for pictures of Okinawa
Location: Maryland
Web Info:
Date: Mon, Aug 24, 1998 at 08:06:39 (EDT)
Comments: Thank you so much for the great pictures. Some of them remind me of the fifthteen years a spent on Okinawa. I spent three tours of duty on Okinawa ((1964 - 1969; 1970 - 1975; 1980 - 1985.) There were a lot of changes both during and between my tours. It appears that a lot of positive changes have taken place since I was last stationed there. Thank you again.

Visitor: Dan Blades
Reference: Your e-mail link
Location: Fayetteville NC
Web Info:
Date: Sat, Aug 22, 1998 at 22:11:45 (EDT)
Comments: Mick I really enjoyed the web sites. You have done a terific job. The Photos of Okinawa really brought back great memories.
Thank you very kindly, Dan!
It's comments like yours that makes it worth all the time and effort that goes into building a website like this. And it gives me the impetus to keep adding!!
Glad ya like it, friend!! Please come around again from time to time!
See ya!! Mick

Visitor: george slaughter
Reference: came to see what you have here
Location: clayton, delaware
Web Info:
Date: Sat, Aug 22, 1998 at 19:15:35 (EDT)
Comments: nice site , i'll check back now and then to keep up on what done. was on the rock 66-67 with mtm 3rd fsr.
Hi there, George!
Thanks for coming by the site! Please do come back from time to time. I'm always looking for good quality additions to the site - today I added a link to Ray Gillespie's page, for example. Great Stuff!! You should take a look at his page too!
It's linked from:
So, come around once in a while and offer any suggestions that come to mind!

Visitor: Jay Adams
Reference: Your email
Location: Rocksprings, Texas
Web Info:
Date: Sat, Aug 22, 1998 at 14:48:03 (EDT)
Comments: Mick- Thanks for sending me the additional information. I enjoyed your scrapbook. I didn't have time to view all of your website, but will at a later date. I was on Okinawa with the First Special Forces (1969 - 1971). I married an Okinawan lady (actually girl), from Afuso. She was only 18 years old. We are now going on 28 years of marital bliss with two wonderful children. We returned to Okinawa 1973, 1977 and 1990. We are planning a return trip in the near future. I am new on the internet (2 months), but I am learning my way around. I hope to have a homepage soon. I can't say enough good things about Okinawa. I wish my dream of becoming a rice farmer would have worked out, but Que Sera. Keep up the good work. Jay & Chieko
Jay!! Konichi-wa!!
So good to hear from ya! Wow!! A rice farmer... on Okinawa, I presume! What a great deal that would be. Such a peaceful existence. Now, as I understand it, an awful lot of rice is grown in Texas, along with sugar cane - two things you have very much in common with Okinawa.
Please give my best to Chieko and assure her that - at least in my opinion - she hails from the prettiest place on Earth! Congratulations to you and your bride in your 28th year of matrimonial splendor!!
So, what do you do in Texas? Will you ever go back to "the Rock" for good? I'd love to.... but have too many obligations here in the States first! *sigh*
I appreciate your having come by my site and hope you and your lady - and the children - will return to see the entire site.
Thanks, Jay, for dropping me a few lines!! Mick

Visitor: ray gillespie
Reference: your e-mail letter to me
Location: toledo ohio
WebSite: Okinawa WW Two - My grandsons made up for me.
Web Info:
Date: Sat, Aug 22, 1998 at 17:51:48 (EDT)
Comments: Hello Mick: Just a note to tell you how I enjoyed the many pages of your Web Site. You live in the village of Asa? Many friends of mine died near and in the village. I was wounded with machine-gun wounds to my abdomen across Highway One from Asa Village. We were trying to blow up caves in a ridge that was three hundred feet south of the Asa Kawa River. That day 10 May 1945 we had seven killed --22wounded in K-Company 22nd Marine Regiment. Of the original 240 men of K-Company forty-seven were killed--eight cracked up--one hundred forty two were wounded--Your Web Site brings back fond memories.
ray gillespie
Hello, again, Ray!!
I am just now finally getting around to looking at my guestbook!! THANK YOU for signing in there too!!
I am currently living in Great Falls, Montana. I retired from the Air Force in 1990 after having left my second tour on Okinawa in October of that year.
I did live in the village of Aza-oki, Yomitan-son on the Yomitan Peninsula. In the war years, it was called "Yontan" and indeed was in the area of the landings. Hagushi appears on some maps that I've seen and correlates well with the area of the Yomitan Peninsula where I lived for two years.
The 2nd Marine Division, as I'm sure you know, did a feint at the southernmost part of the island while the 6th and 1st Marine Divisions along with the 7th and 96th Divisions of the USArmy made their landing on "Yontan."
According to Colonel Hiromichi Yahara, Senior Staff Officer for the Japanese 32nd Army, the senior Japanese military leaders stood atop high ground at Shuri and, with field glasses watched the East China Sea fill with American ships and smuggly chuckled to themselves as they watched the American forces land at Yontan. Their plan was to allow our forces to land unmolested and then, as we worked our way south, the Japanese, who were buried in myriad tunnels and caves would anhialate the US forces. Well, as the world knows, it didn't quite work out that way, did it? To this day, I am told, Japanese students are still not taught the facts of World War II, let alone the true history of Okinawa. The mainland Japanese seem reluctant to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices made by the Okinawans. Having said that, and in their defense, I understand that in recent years the mainlanders are better informed and educated.
Well, back to the question you posed.... I did live in Aza, and, like so many other areas of Okinawa, we Americans changed the names to make them easier to pronounce or spell, or whatever! For example: Yontan-Yomitan; Kuwae-Kue; Makiminato-Machinato; Futenma-Futema and countless others.
It seems perfectly logical that what you say is true; that I lived where you and your comrades landed and advanced.
I lived in a house owned by Shinjyo-san, an old Okinawan man who had a very large garden and goats! He kept his goats in a small enclosure on the hill up behind my house! He was a very friendly and gentle man who invited us into his home shortly after I had moved in. In true fashion, we removed our shoes and sat, cross-legged on the floor around a low table. He served Awamori (we lazier Americans simply refered to it as "sake") but it wasn't really sake! Sake is fermented while Amowari is brewed. Anyway, with what very little Nihongo (Japanese language) I had retained from a decade prior and with what very little English Shinjyo-san and his wife knew, we had a very charming visit. One of my favorite stories to tell is that, as we were introducing ourselves, Shinjyo would repeat the name but would add a vowel at the end. For example, I told him, "Watakushi-no namei wa Mick desu." (My name is Mick) And he responded with, "So,so,so..Mickie?" I nodded politely and confirmed that I could accept Mickey. Then I introduced my wife, "Debb." Shinjyo's wife asked, "Debbu?" Thinking again that it was more comfortable to speak the word if it ended in a vowel, I acquiesced and I was then the spouse of Debbu! They chuckled and tittered then called in their daughter. I couldn't understand what they were saying, but Shinjyo pointed to me in the midst of the conversation then pointed to Debb while at the same time loudly and articulately enunciating the word "Debbu."
They all began to giggle and chortle again and Debb and I, daring not be ungracious guests smiled and nodded. Debb was unquestionably uncomfortable and I was myself a little curious. What was so damned funny about her name? We enjoyed the rest of the visit and after an hour and three or four glasses of "sake" I was ready to go home and sleep.
The next morning, at the clinic, I recounted the previous evening's activity to Toshi, my receptionist who herself is from mainland Japan. Upon my recounting the tale, Toshi covered her mouth daintily and tried to stifle a chuckle. It didn't work.... she laughed out loud!
"All right, Toshi!! What's so darned funny?"
Toshi explained that in the Japanese language, "debu" means "Fatso!" Yeah, Ray, perhaps the peninsula of Yontan was just a little quieter for me than it was for you. Ya know what though? I'm just damned happy that you made it back so that you could share your wit and wisdom with the rest of the world! God bless you and Mrs. Gillespie!
'bye for now!

To my readers: You MUST see Ray Gillespie's website!!


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