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Page Eight
Thursday, June 24, 2004 1:13 PM
I am writing in regards for my father. He was stationed at camp Kadena from 1951-54 and was looking for photographs and/or maps of the camp and area. Is there any in around? Another thing does anyone remember The Blue Moon club in New Koza. He was CO-owner of it while there and enjoys fond memories of the place. I was hoping maybe to find out any information about the club and anything I can to pass on to him. He is not in the best of health and speaks all the time of his memories and I wish to be able to share in these memories with him.
Thursday, July 22, 2004 6:31 PM
I did like reading the memories of people that enjoyed okinawa, I was there as an Air Force dependent from 70-75 . I remember Yaka Beach and the fun we had. Reversion of the Isalnd was a big one in my book of memories, my mother worked for the generals and it was something I heard alot about. My dad worked on the flight line, he was in the TAC fighting wing and kept the planes running. We lived on Kadena and yes took the busses everywhere. Thanks again for reminding me of good times growing up. Oh yea everytime I see the habu I smile.
From Denise In Colorado
Thursday, September 09, 2004 11:18 PM
Found your website and I just wanted to Thank you for the wonderful forum where I can read about Okinawa. Looks like a lot of really great folks have posted here, and I can hardly wait to come back later and post some stories of my own. Right now It's heartache reading about the island and longing so badly to go back there and visit!
SECOND MESSAGE, same date:
Hello, I was on Okinawa from 76 to 79, and I have many fond memories of that island that I long to someday return to. I met a wonderful young girl named Sonoe Tamae who I would very much like to get in touch with if only for a short while. We corresp- onded for quite some time after I went stateside, But we fell out of touch. I fear that she may have felt that I forgot about her, but that is far from the truth. I just want to speak with her to clear the past, and let her know that I still think of her over these many years. I'm sure she must be happily married now, and I wish all the love and happiness in the world to her and her family. If you know her and can pass along this message I would be eternally grateful. It would mean the world to me to get in touch with her, and I hope she shares that feeling. Thank you.
Mike Dold
Please email
ps- She went by her nickname Yoko, and she would be about 46 now....

Thursday, September 16, 2004 8:31 PM
Well I have read almost all the stories and I am in compliance that being stationed in Okinawa is the "BOMB" I have been stationed here since SEP02 and tried to email some of the people in these stories phone numbers or whatever they are requesting. Some of my emails went through however most came back. I will tell you that I love this duty. I am a golfer and have been religiously since I have been here every Saturday and Sunday. The Army life here is great and I just love the Okinawans. I haven't learned to speak all the language but I sure can eat what they offer. SUSHI!!!! Need I say anymore. Well if any of you need or want to know anything about Okinawa I will be here until SEP 05. Plenty of time for me to dig up, learn and send what the people in this site are looking for.
Take care and thanks

Thursday, September 16, 2004 11:48 PM
Hi Mick,
I reviewed the tapes and I really enjoyed the Naha tape. I am wondering if you have any tapes of the area around Naha as that where I was stationed in 1952 to 1954. Want to show the wives what we had to put up with.
Don Hughes

September 23, 2004
Hi, Don!
Your inquiry reminded me of a very bad time in 1990 - I returned from my 2nd tour on Okinawa and found out that about half of my videotapes were "lost."
I had a lot of video of the "old" Naha Air Base, the housing area and the Naha area. So, I guess the short answer to your question is No and I truly regret having lost so much of my video work I'd done there.
I'm sorry, Don, that I can't share it with you.
Thank you, Don, for having visited I hope you found lots to reminisce about.
Kind regards,
Mick McClary

September 27, 2004
Hi Mick,
Thanks for the return. I sure wish you had those old Videos as we enjoyed the other two. Keep looking.

Brats: Our Journey Home

An Intimate Portrait of a Lost American Tribe

narrated by Air Force brat Kris Kristofferson
500 brat interviews (Schwarzkopf)
rare archival footage (Wilder)
finding home…

It made me realize that I belonged, but that I belonged nowhere, like every other military brat. That I only belonged to this mental concept of an experience that everybody shared. - Laird Knight, Army Brat

Director’s Update!

Dear Friends of Brats: Our Journey Home,

Whoever said that making a film is like making war was right! But it’s especially appropriate to a film about growing up military. Although permanent casualties have been few, support services have been stretched thin.

The good news is – after five long years of devotion, we’re almost finished! We’ve shot all our interviews, edited a rough cut, and recorded the narration with Kris Kristofferson two weeks ago. He sounds fantastic. If that wasn’t enough, Mr. Kristofferson is also donating some of his songs for our soundtrack! He really went above and beyond the call of duty and we are eternally grateful.

That same week, an Irish philanthropy that donated $2500 to Brats Productions in 2003 made an unprecedented second donation of $5000 in 2004! The original donation paid to transfer footage from the National Archives and brat home movies. The second donation will pay for all of the narration expenses and a chunk of the editing costs.

The bad news is… we still need more money (for editing, sound mixing, and film festivals). Our editor in Atlanta is deeply committed to finishing this film in time for the Independent Feature Film Market in New York in September, 2004. He’s been working for a fraction of his normal rate, but has recently been flooded with very high-paying assignments which take precedence, of course - unless we can come closer to meeting those rates. The license fees for using theatrical clips from THE GREAT SANTINI and REMEMBER THE TITANS are also much higher than we had hoped (although we are negotiating for more favorable rates).

Can you help us finish this movie and get it up on the silver screen?

I hate to ask, because many of you have already helped. But my personal coffers are dwindling and I really do need your help. This film far exceeds our original expectations. It’s double the length (a feature film instead of an hour program) and thus, double the costs. But I decided the story deserves the extra attention and the length. Why? Because as one brat who viewed the rough cut put it – “it really helped me.”

Every penny you’ve donated (and much more) has gone directly into this film. No fancy lunches, no outlandish salaries (no salaries for many, yet, including myself). And because we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, all your donations are tax-deductible!

We’re asking – if you’re able – for a one-time gift of $100 to help bring this movie to a theater near you. If that’s more than you can give, we’re grateful for whatever you can offer – even if it’s just your continued good wishes! Of course, if any of you have won the lottery recently (or received one of those hefty salaries), Brats Productions would be equally appreciative of a donation above and beyond our $100 call.

One of the best things about making Brats: Our Journey Home has been continuously connecting with the wonderful and worldwide community of brats who originally inspired this film. Every letter of thanks, every email pouring out your individual souls has given me the courage and tenacity to keep making this film when all common sense (and my personal bank account) dictated otherwise. Each one of you are an important part of this film – as much as anyone who appears on camera or has toiled behind the scenes. It has been a privilege working with you and telling our collective story – a story which will soon be available for all the world to hear!

Thank you for helping us get this far – and for anything you can do to help us cross the finish line!

With my warmest wishes,

Donna Musil, Writer/Director
“Brats: Our Journey Home”

For more Information, please see:

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P.O. Box 3096 • Eatonton, Georgia 31024 USA
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Friday, September 17, 2004 2:54 PM
Fun stuff, your website .... have you checked out
Bill Stevens, RAFP - '66-'68

Thursday, September 23, 2004 1:45 PM
Ahh, Bill! You've tipped your hand!
Thank you very much for visiting and for your inquiry. But, my friend, you didn't look at the WHOLE site. Tsk! Tsk! Dame-desu, ne!
If you take a peek at my US Military page you'll see there's a link to your site and it's been there FOREVER! I've enjoyed the MP site many times and thank you again for drawing me back to take another look!
Kindest regards, Bill, and do visit often. Please also let me know any thoughts you might have regarding new/additional features you think would go well on the site. I'm always looking for new stuff - unfortunately though, I don't spend as much time with my websites as they demand.
Mata ato de!
- Mick

Thursday, September 23, 2004 11:33 AM
Tipped my hand? Go-men-a-sai .....
Yes ..... I did see the 1st MP Group site when I paged down, but remember that it wasn't the site that I found in the first place - it was your journal. A literate MP? Jeez .....
I perused the site and find it fascinating ..... will explore more when I'm home.
I wouldn't call myself an Okinawaphile by any means - quite frankly, that's about the last place I'd visit if I had my own Concord jet. Nevertheless, it was a defining time in my life, and my eldest daughter was born there 37-1/2 years ago. I arrived there in September '66 as a pretty green MPC 2LT a year out of a small Eastern military college, and ended up in what I still believe might have been the best billet in the Corps. Didn't head "Down South" (i.e., 'Nam) with the others - résumé building, so that I could eventually become the Provost Marshal General - because I'd decided the crime and depravity I witnessed in two years wasn't something I wanted my new family subjected to. Got out of police work and became a banker! Some regrets .....
I just completed scanning about 150 35mm slides taken from '66 to '68 - mostly Okinawa - into my computer and have had some fun sending CDs of them to some old MPC buds I've reconnected with. After about '72 (when I realized what the yawns and surreptitious looks at wristwatches - when I pulled out the slide projector - meant), I switched to regular prints, and now "do digital".
Thanks for responding ..... I'll check out a little more each day.
Bill S.

Oct 13, 2004
Hi Mick,

Have corresponded with you before and purchased one of your tapes. I also sent the words to Saraba Okinawa which may still be on your site. I have never found a tape or Cd of the song though. Just wanted to let you know that a graduate of Kubasaki HS , Rinsei, has set up a site showing about 66 of my family pictures from Okinawa from 1947 - 49. If you are interested, the address is: http//
Maybe you or some of your web fans can help me identify some of them. Some are my family pictures, others shared by soldiers there, and some my folks must have bought because they have Naha photos on the back or front.

Hope to hear from you,
Judy Holdsworth Scott
(oldest of the four Holdsworth girls)

October 16, 2004
Hi Mic,
read your post in Virtual Okinawa, Haven,t heard from you in a long time or seen any of your Okinawa VHS tapes for sale on ebay! Do you remember me ,I bought a few tapes from you and was the one that return backed to Okinawa last October. I also made the comment that I don't know how you made it down that little mountain road on your rental bike on Iejema Island! "remember" I have been lazy I have'nt watched any of your home movies in months.
Well I will let you go. I just wanted to see if you and your family was O.K., Im also going back to Okinawa on October 23rd for ten days. I guess I can't stay away from that island.
Bye, Michael Nickell

October 16, 2004
Hi, Judy!
Thanks for your message - and it's great to hear from you again. I, too, have not seen any recording of Saraba Okinawa.
I tried to get to your website but only ended up at Virtual Okinawa's guestbook. Is there another URL that will take me to your site? I worked some variations of the URL you provided and could only find a Jarrod and Amanda Stoney's pages.
I look forward to seeing your site and photos. I'll also be sure to let you know if/when I ever get a recording of Saraba.
P.S. - Any readers out there that have a recording of it?

Hi Mick,
Somebody else wroite that they couldn't get on and it was because they didn't put in the http part. The complete address is:
It should work. The other fellow, Mike, got it to work the second time. Good luck!

October 16, 2004
Nice to hear from someone who was there. My only regret is that I did not appreciate it more at the time I was there. Served out of Kadena and crewed a KC-135Q.
October 20, 2004
Ogenki desuku!
My First Marine Division father, born in western Montana in '26, arrived on Okinawa in June '45, during the closing stages of the battle for the island.
Two questions for you: Where might one uncover contemporary photographs of "Sugar Loaf Hill" (Hill 50.2), Yaetake, and the Motobu Peninsula?
Second, among dad's wartime memorabilia are two Japanese merchant flags--or "Meatballs"--one of them homemade, handstitched: Inscribed on the latter is the name of it's original owner--a Japanese soldier--and numerous individually-sewn stitches indicating the moral support and contributions of friends and family. I've appealed to a local university for assistance in translating the Japanese characters found on the flag, but have yet to receive a response. I've been waiting three years. Can't tarry any longer. Am working up a biography of the battle, and would like to locate the family of the original owner before they, like their battlefield progenitor, pass into history.
Any suggestions on where to locate a reliable Japanese translator in my region (Fayetteville, Arkansas)?
Domo Arigato-gozaimasu. Mark R. Leibold
November 7, 2004
I stumbled across your website and enjoyed it very much. I was wondering if you were the same Dr. McClary who sometimes played bass guitar in a band that I believed was called "American Heartland" ? I was at Kadena in 88-89 and my shop chief also played in that band. You looked familiar. Thank you.
Keith B.

I wrote back, conceeding that I was indeed in the band, "Heartland U.S.A." but that I was only a stand-in for the real bass-player who flew on tankers and sometimes couldn't make a show.

November 10, 2004
Thanks for returning my e mail. Yes my shop chief was Steve Ashton. Have you had any contact with him over the years. I tracked him to South Dakota but the number I had was no longer in service. My wife asked me how I remembered you and I know you wouldn't remember this but you treated my knee when I hurt it hopping down from an F-15 back in '89.

It's interesting how I come across old friends and acquaintences through this website! One of my Tour Okinawa videos contains a brief clip of me re-enlisting Steve Ashton.

Saturday, November 27, 2004 11:01 AM
Great site on Okinawa!
My name is Larry Mauter. I am trying to find somebody that can help me find out if a woman known as Noriko Takemoto in 1953 is still alive.
My father (deceased) was stationed in Okinawa (Camp Sukiran) in 1953/1954. There are notes and photos from, and of this woman. Can you lead me in the right direction. There is some evidence of a possible child.
I have an old address if that would help. Thanks for any help you can give.
Larry Mauter - 734-847-4888

Unfortunately, I don't have a clue. Once again, if any reader there can help this man, please contact him. Mick

Friday, December 03, 2004 12:14 AM
Just had to add a little about the beautiful island.
My husband and I were there from 1970 to end of 1972. He was at kadena in the 418thTac unit. I love reading all of the emails about Koza city and the Habu plane, Camp Kue hospital, and all the sights.
Does anyone remember Sam's Anchor Inn where the Kobe beef was so good..and the Mexican Lima House?
While we were there there was only the A&W where you could get a hamburger... Now there must be many places... We loved our stay in Okinawa..
I would love to visit again just to see it again.
Vi Hill ... Texas

I remember the A&W too. The one in my memory was out in the Awase-Nishihara area and I can remember the french fries being so danged good, and me being so danged poor in those days, that I went home and tried to make some fries like that myself. Ho, what a mess! I tried rolling flaked potato into long rolls and deep frying them. What a mess.... and, what a jerk! Ha!

Friday, Dec 17, 2004 3:44p.m.
From: George Huntley
Subject: VHS Order
Hello Mick,
I am sending cashier check in the amount of $135 to cover the cost of 14 set Okinawa videos and protective cases.
I really enyoyed your site, it brought back many memeriories. I was born and grew up on the Island. I graduated from Kubasaki High in 67. The last time I was on Okinawa was in 72.

I just missed you! Sent out another message to you only moments ago.
You left Okinawa in '72 and that was the year that I arrived for my first assignment! I stayed till 1975 then wasn't able to get back until 1986. I left in 1990 and haven't had the pleasure of returning since then. One day, however, I shall... probably after my SECOND retirement - Ha!
Thanks, George, for this notice and I'll have things ready for you pronto!
Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Monday, January 03, 2005 12:49 PM
There was another whole part of the island north of where most of you seemed to have lived. Camp Hansen was, and still is so far as I know, a base for the USMC. I went there from Camp McGill in Japan late summer or early fall 1957.
I was A Company 3rd Tank Battalion 3rd Marine Division executive officer. Kadena was a big place to us in those days. There was not much build up apparent to. Hard to get around although I did come by a Harley 125 which helped a lot. With the USMC there was no family life - no wives or children. We lived in old Quonset huts which were much damaged by a storm about September 1957. I returned to the USA in January 1958.
It is interesting to hear all of you talk about family life as the island developed. I would like to have had some memories like that.
Thanks for sharing.
John T Fisher, Memphis, TN

Jan 8, 05
Hello, John!
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Thank you for visiting and for your message. I envy your having been stationed on Okinawa prior to Reversion. I got there a few months AFTER Reversion and for the 2 and 1/2 years of my first tour the yen rate stayed right around 300-to-the-dollar. I witnessed the beginning of a building boom and by the time I got back to Okinawa in 1986 there was definitely a world of change - on the south end. To my delight, the north end was still pretty much the way I had remembered it. The Nago area was built up and the Motobu Peninsula was developed as a result of the 1972 Ocean Expo. But most of the rest of the north was laid-back, rural and the way I really enjoyed it. Some of my best outtings on the island were up north - I'd park my van, get out and walk around the villages and tlk with those who cared to visit and who knew enough English to tolerate my skoshi bit of their native language. Anyway, those one-on-one visits with the locals, away from touristy areas, are among my fondest memories.
Thanks again, John, for your visit and your note. Please visit again.
Kindest regards,
Oya sumi nasai!

John F. Nodd, Sunday, March 6, 2005 6:13p.m.
Hi Mick:
I spent 13 years on Okinawa on 3 tours of duty ranging from Mac Command Post, Base Operations,67 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 33 Air Rescue and 18 Tactical Fighter Wing Airspace Management with all my time there I happen to accomplish a 5th degree black belt in Okinawa Matsumura Shorin Ryu Karate.
My wife is from the island and we really miss it.
Send mail
John and Hiroko Nodd USAF RET
Tuesday, March 08, 2005 7:19 PM
Kon nichi wa,
I was browsing through the web and came across your website. I didn't realize that so many people have had such fond memories of Okinawa. As a half Okinawan/American your website made me homesick. I was born in Sobe, Yomitan-Son near Torri Station in August 1959. My Mom is Okinawan and her name is Hiroko Ikehara. I was raised by my Grandparents until I was 10 and then I came to live with my Mom and my dad (my stepfather) in San Diego. I had always known that my dad was not my biological father since my Mom told me when I came to live with them. My Mom had not told me anything about my dad except that she loved him and he died when I was a baby. Recently, I found out that that was not the case. My dad was married and he's from New York. At first I didn't want to know about my real dad but being an only child, I wonder if I have any sisters or brothers? and if they look like me. I'll be 46 in couple of days and if I wait any longer, I may not find anything out or it might be too late. Please post my quest on your website maybe there is someone who would have some information about my dad - Carlton W. Crough from New York. He might be around 70 years old. Even If I don't get anywhere with my quest at least I know that I have tried searching for him. Thank you

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 7:49 PM
Kon ban wa!
Wow! Your story sounds so much like mine! My mom remarried and I never knew my birth father who ran off when I was 5 days old. My brother was 2 and 1/2. I'm now 53. When I was 49 I did a web search and located my birth father in Florida. I e-mailed and telephoned a few times. Whereas I have no desire to meet him we do exchange cards at holidays, etc.
Ironically, my daughter who attends Florida State University and my son who lives out in Washington State, were in Florida this past winter and they both drove down to Orlando where my birth father lives. The irony is that THEY met him yet I never have! Goofy, huh?
Well, I'll certainly post your message on the website and I do indeed hope that someone is able to help you.
I don't know if you did so on purpose, but you did not include your name in your message - so, I'll call you "Friend" and wish you well.
Thank you again, Friend, for visiting one of my websites!
S. A. Mick McClary

Richard Porcelli
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Lived on Oki (Koza City) from 1963/65 and worked in the 18th A&E Maintron as a General Electric Tech Rep with the ECM QRC-160 Program. Sure would like to hear from NCOIC Milo VanCamp or any others that were there then.
eMail me at: Regards, Richard Porcelli
Sunday, April 24, 2005 7:40a.m.
I always find Okinawa sites too late. One of the visitors on the below link []. Richard, probably worked for my dad in the 418MMS but it looks like his posting is from 1998.
Joe Menno, Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday, April 24, 2005 5:23 p.m.
Kadena 1951-54
Mick,Great site and a lot of memories. I served with the 9th AVRS(Air Vehicle Repair Squadron) at Kadena and still meet about 15 buddies (at) our reunion every year.
Doing research and would like to know if anyone has any pictures of Kadena AFB and the surrounding area that were taken between 1950 and 1954 and can share them with me.Thanks.
Sending your site to my buddies.
Joe Menno

Hello, Joe!
O genke desu ka?
Please forgive my delay in answering your message. I'm terrible about that!
I really envy your having been ok Okinawa in the early 50s. So soon after the war! It must have still been so much like it was before the war - the culture, I mean. Very likely there were places up North that were relatively untouched by the devastation. I wish I could have had your experience. I have a sincere love and respect for the Okinawans - the Ryukyuans.
I think it's terrific that you and your buddies get together still. What a collective memory you guys must have and what a block-buster story you could tell! Well, Joe, I'm going to post your message to the Mailbag and hope that someone sees it who can help you get your hands on some photos.
Best of good fortune to you, your family and your friends!

David Lee
Monday, April 25, 2005 5:19 PM
hi, i happened upon your site and thought you may be interested in other points of view regarding Yamato (plz don't consider this an antagonistic email):
happy readings.
Friday, April 29, 2005 11:48a.m.
Hi Mick,
I'm going to order the three tape selection. [See Tour Okinawa Videos] I have enjoyed your site. An old Navy buddie and I are headed to "Oki" and the PI in Feb. 06.
We were on the Island at NAF NAHA airbase in VU-5B together from 1963-65. We will be spending a week there on Okinawa and then on to the Philippines to see other friends and shipmates......Thanks, BJ

Good morning, BJ!
Thanks for letting me know your tapes made their way home!
Best of good fortune to you and your Navy buddy when you go back to the Island.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 6:24 AM
Jeff Beish
Was stationed at Naha AB from late 1960 through July 1962. Still remember much about the island in those days. I would not like to return now to see the changes so will just keep old memories intact.
Nice site, always enjoy visiting it. Something about those of us who were there back then that can never be told - beyond words.

Hi, Jeff!
THanks for visiting again. I think I know what you mean about not wanting to go back. Things are never the same. I was happy, though, to find that when I went back to Okinawa in '86 (and stayed for about 4 and 1/2 years) I was able to enjoy many of the same places and experiences I had recalled from 1972-75. I had to go more to the North though to find it. The central and southern part had changed so much that I had a lot of trouble finding some of the things I had seen before. And, of course, some of the places were gone. Sad.
Well, thanks again, Jeff, and I hope you enjoy your visits to the website!

Saturday, May 14, 2005 4:35 PM
In 1960 when I got there at Naha I was only a few months into post-teens and it was a virtual paradise. My friend and I were first sent to Ashiya AB, Japan so we could help tear down a C-130A flight simulator and ship it to Naha, then we arrived at Kadena and stayed at the transit barracks by mistake. The first night was in Koza and you know what we did! 8-) After reaching Naha we settled in and began our nightly visits to Naminoue. What a different world that was. For a guy who had just turned 20 and all those bars and gals, it was something else. Looking back I wonder how we all made it out alive! I recall the population of Okinawa was around 500K then. It was easy getting around the island because we all had either a motor cycle or bicycle. Several of us saw nearly every square inch of the place and some of he islands off to the west as well. Yeah, north would be the best place now. There was an old Japanese landing strip way up north were motorcycle races took place. We all would dive off the coast up there too.

Even after more than 43 years I dream about it. I had practiced Judo since 1952 and continued throughout my years in the Far East, finally gave it up in 1989 and now just sit! Actually, astronomy was always an interest of mine and I would observe occasionally there with the Naha AB Astro-hobbyists. The sky was very dark then. When the wife and I visited our son and family at Atsugi NAF, Japan in March 2002 some astronomer friends took us out on the town, so to speak, in Yokohama. Wow, they love to entertain. Anyway, I was then invited to give a talk on Mars down somewhere on Okinawa, expenses paid, and nearly went. I told them we were there to visit my son and that would not be in good taste to run off after he paid for our trip over. Guess that worked because they took us out again to some fancy restaurants in Yokohama!

My Okinawan girl friend was a hair-dresser down in Naha and I think of her even now after all the years. We wrote back and forth for several years after I returned to the States, but lost contact with her in 1964. Could never get in touch with her again. Her brother was one of my Judo instructors and I even lost contact with him. Oh well, guess that was the way it was meant to be. I have been happily married for 40 years to the same Texas gal now and we enjoy talking about the good old days - or at least she listens to me talk! :)

When ever I get to reminiscing about my youth I check your web site. Sometimes the old teahouse music really set me off since we would go to a teahouse on Saturday night and get drunk with the locals. I learned to play one of those tiny guitar like Samisen things and they loved it. What one will do with lots of Sake :) If only I had written all of it down in a journal it would make for some interesting reading, but the memories are faded too far back into the recesses of my nimble mind.


Konban-wa, Jeff-san!

I love reading messages such as yours. I wish I had a dime for every person who has fond memories of the Island. Unfortunately, not everyone shares their stories. *sigh*

I've added your story to the Mailbag (page 8). If you would like your e-mail link added so that someone who might recognize you can contact you, just let me know. Otherwise I won't publish your email address.

One of these days, probably after I retire from my second career :) I'll make some time to write out a few more of my own stories. It's fun to remember stuff - even more fun to share!

Oyasumi nasai, tomdachi!


Monday, June 27, 2005 8:44a.m.
[unedited]:My father was stationed in Okinawa between the years 1981 through 1983. Myself and my brother were when we moved there 11 and 12. We lived near Kadena base. Nabu Hill was our back yard. My brother and I use to sneek off base through a hole in the fence and hed up towards Nagaguska Castle. We would go to a little MamaSan store and by candy and drinks. On thing that was my favorite was these dried seeds, or fruit that came in these tiny ziplock bags. They were very salty, I think you could also get ones that were sugary. You gat maybe 4 in a bag and they were about the size of a nickel, maybe a little larger. Do you have any idea what these are, or what they are called. I would love to try and get some sent to me if I could remenber what they are. Thank you.
Christine Kepler

If anyone can help Christine with this, I bet she'd appreciate your effort! Mick

July 20, 2005 - 10:47a.m.
I have been looking at your site while looking for a place to sell my collection of printed material about Okinawa. While on Okinawa (67 -72), I found a boxed book in a local Okinawan book store: "A History in Pictures Okinawa Then & Now" by Shojiro Taira. It also bears a title of : Koji Shima. Hard bound, undated (probably 1964 - 66), published by Shigeru Sakuda, 300 pages in both Japanese and some English translations covering pre-War to post- War. It also contains advertisements for local Okinawan companies.
So far other than seeing it before me, I can find no record of it on the Internet. I am wondering if you happen to know anything about it?
When I put together a listing of the books, phamphets, USARYIS briefing notes, topo maps, etc., I will see if I have any other books that are not on your list.
George Lane

Hello, George!
Shigeru Sakuda has published books about Karate, such as "Karate meijin retsuden."
As for "A History in Pictures..." the book was edited by Shojiro Taira and translated by Nashiro Masajiro. Published at Naha, Okinawa in 1966. I'll bet one of the advertisements is for Beirsley's (sp?) soda pop! I probably looked in many of the same Google sites that you did in search of more definitive information about the book.
Wish I could help, George, but I've struck out.
I should get back to the site and update it. I've got lots more books to add to the Library.
If you ever have an interest in parting with the book, please keep me in mind!
Thank you very kindly, George, for visiting and for your interesting inquiry. My searches to find out information for you didn't pan out what we're looking for but I've certainly found a number of sites that I haven't yet read/toured. So, now I have more work to do!!
Mata a-i masho!

July 21, 2005 - 1:07p.m.
Hi Mick,
Thank you for your time and trouble. You found more than I have and I tried again today. It is like the book never existed. I don't think it was very pro-American and is mostly in Japanese. I have put up 13 books for sale on but I can't list this one as it 'doesn't exist' and I have no idea what it is worth. I know I thought about it for awhile before I bought it as it was the only copy in the store and it was much more expensive than I could afford at the time. I did list it with an outfit that searches for scarce books and if they ever respond with an offer, I will let you know what they say it is worth first. One probably needs to read Japanese to get the most value from the book.
I also have a number of LP records of Okinawan folk songs, I bought while there in 67 -72, plus an assortment of various magazines, bound Okinawa Times newspapers, 2 years of the 7th PsyOps Shuri No Hikari magazines, some Typhoon Alley and other current magazines of the times. Time is moving on and I need to think about moving into a retirement community soon as I am all alone now. So I am trying to find homes for my stuff before it all winds up in an estate (big flea market) sale.
Thanks again for your efforts.
Best regards,

AUG 2, 2005 11:43p.m.
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