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Memories Of Rats On Okinawa 44 Years Ago

 Last night Elena made a list of all of the countries that she had visited around the world. Her list came to 22-23 countries.
      I made a list of all of the countries that I had visited early this morning. It came to 40 countries including Okinawa (now part of Japan.) I came to Okinawa in August of 1971 on the way to  DaNang, South Vietnam.

 When we landed we found that all of the barracks were full and we were going to have to stay in a tent city. When we arrived at the tent city area, the master of arms gave each of us a .45 calibre pistol. I asked if the gun was for protection in case some Japanese soldier not captured at the end of World War II was lurking about.
      The US Marine sergeant laughed. He told us that they had very big rats in the area. He claimed that they were as large as beavers. He told us to shoot one if we saw it.

About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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