From October 1945 to June 1946 my father, a Navy signalman, was stationed in Japan at Toriga-saki by the town of Kamoi, at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. He was then nineteen years old, a young Danish-American man from rural Oregon. The experience made a profound impression on him and he spoke of it often.
In 2003 Dad traveled with my family (my spouse and three children) to Japan to track down the places he had been. We found the pier and the site of the signal station and were able to visit other landmarks he had seen at that time including the Great Buddha of Kamakura and the Kofukuji (Five Story Pagoda) in Nara.
As each chapter is published it will be linked below until the entire book is online
Chapter Six: General Douglas MacArthur
Chapter Seven: The Toriga Saki Fleet
Chapter Eight: The Cold War Begins?
Chapter Nine: A Social Call
Chapter Ten: Japanese Hot Tub
Chapter Eleven: Madame Butterfly
Chapter Twelve: The “Singers”
Chapter Thirteen: The Japanese “Intelligence Officer”
Chapter Fourteen: The Girl from Hiroshima
Chapter Fifteen: Oops
Chapter Sixteen: The Kamikaze Pilot
Chapter Seventeen: The Bigot
Chapter Eighteen: The Spring Festival at Kamoi Grade School
Chapter Nineteen: Kites
Chapter Twenty: Leave for the Lucky
Chapter Twenty-one: A Missed Opportunity?
Chapter Twenty-two: We Close HECP and I Go Home