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|
|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|