Sasebo, Japan

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CHRISTMAS 1967

HS-6, aboard the USS Kearsarge, arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on 23 December 1967 for some well-deserved R&R. SAR Det Charlie remained behind on Yankee Station to attend to the needs of those unfortunate souls who ran afoul of North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners.

We arrived on a cold and snowy day. Things went from bad to worse as Kearsarge approached her berth at the refueling pier. A fire, fueled by a broken line from the oxygen generating plant, broke out in an aviation stores compartment below decks and one of our squadronmates, AK1 Kenneth Edwards, was killed.

LA Times Article - 24 December 1967

Kearsarge was towed back out into the harbor to a safe anchorage until the fire was extinguished and casualties were accounted for.

Some luck guys had loved ones awaiting their arrival Mt Fuji as the wives' JAL flight begins its approach to Tokyo

 

  View of the  from the Hotel Banshoro  
  The snow continued throughout our stay in Sasebo and even though hotel staff insisted that the snow never accumulated that far South, we ended up with over 6 inches on the ground  

 

Christmas 1967
Ken & Helen Burns outside the Sasebo "O" Club Christmas Dinner Menu at the "O" Club L-R: Dave Weighton, Mike Tierney, Rick Grant, Jim Rooney, Rich Keenan, Dave Grossglass and Vern Von Sydow enjoy Christmas dinner

 

New Year's Eve 1967
Tickets: six dollars, A menu adorned by renowned artist Wilton J. Smith: Priceless!

 

New Years Day finery

 

Kathy Runyon & Helen Burns at a Shinto Temple Ken & Helen Burns at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial

Created: 12/21/06