By Popo Ott
The Times 

The Flag Waver

Just Vignettes


October 20, 2022

I call this series “Just Vignettes” because that’s what they are, just short snapshots of things that have happened to me or have been told to me. I can vouch the stories you read here are mostly true.

Since the Kirk was homeported in Japan, she made frequent calls to the port of Sasebo on the southern island of Kyushu. Besides being a bustling port for commerce, it also contained a U.S. Navy base and a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force base. Sasebo is considered one of the safest ports during a typhoon in Southeast Asia because high, tree-covered mountains surround the port and its approac...

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