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.
With the aid of his letters home, his memory, and the assistance of his colleague Keith L. Miller, he wrote and published these memoirs in 2010.
I will be adding a chapter every Friday until the entire memoir is online (24 weeks).
Today we begin with