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Naha City, Okinawa c.1969

Naha City, Okinawa c.1969

Kokusai Street, the "main drag" of Naha City. While in the U.S.A.F. I was stationed at Naha Air Base for 18 months. Hated it then but I'd sure love to revisit that beautiful island!

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Oki vs Vietnam in 1969

My dad was sent to Vietnam, for the second time, in 1969. In the middle of his tour, they were taking the tanks out of Vietnam and transferred him to Okinawa. He had been stationed there, before, and not especially liked it but compared to Vietnam, at that point in time, it was very nice- no one shooting at him or his young Marines!


I loved Okinawa! I was stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa twice: once in the 80s and again in the 90s. By my time, Naha the base had closed and was functioning as the civilian airport (flew in and out of there a few times). After reversion back to the Japan (I believe it was in 1971), Okinawa's drivers switched to the left side of the road, which is about the biggest change I see in this photo. I and some buddies visited this area several times, and it was such a neat place to explore. You never knew what kind of shop you'd find.

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