White Beach, Okinawa - 40 Years Later
It was the fall of 1968 when the Cusk pulled into White Beach for the last time. The first day, we anchored out because a U.S. Destroyer
was tied to the pier and there was no more room. Refueling was a trip because the fuel trucks had to be brought out to the Cusk one at a time in LSTs.
Finally, the destroyer left and we pulled in and had several days of great liberty in "Village 1", "Village 2", "Village 3" and Gate 11 street in downtown Naha.
Today, the bars and stores still line the streets outside Gate 11 at Kadena AFB, but the area appears quite tame from the days when the war in Vietnam
was raging. White Beach has changed considerably as you can see from the pictures below, although the memory's a bit foggy in some areas.
Except for the one in the middle, these pictures were taken in mid-August, 2008, almost 40 years to the day when the Cusk was last there.
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