Posts Tagged "Vietnam War"

Settling in with Frank

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Settling in with Frank

We left Naha Airport hand in hand with big smiles on our faces. Frank and I were back together again, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment. It was still early in the day, so we took a cab to Kadena Circle then turned off on a road then in just a couple of blocks, we were at the house that Frank had rented for us to live in. After leaving my suitcase in the house, we decided to walk to a town not far from our house called Kadena. We walked around looking in the open front stores then we went to a restaurant which was approved with a three A rating above the door at the entry....

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Uneven Numbers Competition

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Uneven Numbers Competition

Frank only had a week off from his job at Torii Station to help me get settled into our new home. We worked really hard to get settled in and we did it. Frank worked 30 days straight of each shift, days, evenings then nights, with a couple of days off between the different shifts. The day shift was worked from the hours from 6:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., the evening shift was worked from 3:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. and the night shift was worked from 11:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. Since Frank and I did not have yet have children, I adjusted my schedule to his schedule.  If Frank worked all night I...

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Ralph and “Ole” Bondo

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Ralph and “Ole” Bondo

Frank and I had settled into the daily living in Okinawa.  Okinawa was such a beautiful island. We had made new friends with couples living in homes around us on three different sides which were designated as off-base military housing.  Across the road, in front of our home, was an area which was not a part of off-base military housing but had homes of Okinawan families.  Both of us felt that we were so lucky to be living in a home that touched different cultures depending on which way you faced or looked.   Frank and I  loved this so much. The single soldiers who lived on the base at Torii...

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Stork, Water & A Note

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Stork, Water & A Note

Moving across the road from Torii Station then living next to our best friend’s home was a whole new beautiful experience. Our home and the neighbors were actually at a hill bottom.  Homes behind us were separated from us by a fence then had yards that gradually sloped uphill until they were about twenty feet higher. Our next door friends had a little boy about six months old who we totally fell in love with him. We had lots of married friends and they all had children or the wives of the couples who did not have children were pregnant.  It seemed that the Stork was dropping babies...

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Our Hearts Are Broken

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Our Hearts Are Broken

After nearly two years of living together in Okinawa, late November 1970, Frank and I returned to Van Vleck, Texas. We tried not to think about the short time we had left together but it was always in the back of our minds. In less than Forty-five days, Frank would fly back to Okinawa for two weeks then transfer to Vietnam. Before leaving Okinawa, Frank and I had sat down and made plans for what we wanted to do when we got home. We wanted to have a place of our own where we could spend time alone together before he left for Vietnam.  It was also very important for us to have memories of...

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