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Memories with Stars and Stripes Pacific

Submit the memories that you have with Stars and Stripes Pacific! Your photos and stories will appear on the official 75th Anniversary website. You can submit your memories here.

Norton Throm and Mark Throm

My dad was on Okinawa in WW2. He had many issues of Stars and Stripes he brought back after the war. I would read them in the basement when I was a boy. I still have the issues in storage with my Fathers uniform.

I was stationed at Kadena AB in 1977. Eighteen years old, assigned to the C-130 Black section. The building was on the taxiway next to the fire station. We shared the buidling with the 1st SOS.

Kadena AB 1977

I found a website with high resolution photos from 1977 of Kadena. Brings back warm memories.

That building was haunted, and many troops wouldn't want to be on swings or the graveyard shift. I had many (eerie) experiences.

I was on graves and nothing was happening on the line so I stretched out to nap. I heard talking back in ops and went back and asked of any one was there. No one. I shut off the lights and went back to maintenance and tried to sleep. I had to turn on the radio (because) I kept hearing talking. Went back to the ops counter again. No one. Then heard talking back in maintenance. I was so scared I had to sit at the table with the radio on till day shift came in.

Just one of many stories. We had people who refused to work nights. Scary place.

I now live in North Carolina. Funny, at 62 I train at an Okinawan karate dojo here in Goldsboro. Its sensei is still living in Okinawa. Funny how things circle around. My best to you all, Osu!!!!!

Mark Throm
USAF Ret

Reiko reading Stars and Stripes

My then 1yr old daughter Reiko Matel (an early reader), reading Stars and Stripes after taking a nap. Today, May 26, 2020 she recreated her picture. She’s now 10 and her works are featured numerous times in Stars and Stripes. She gets exhilarated every time.

Elena Matel

photo of Whitt Schultz at his desk

Hello,

My father, Whitt Northmore Schultz, served in the 6233rd Stars & Stripes Detachment in Honolulu.

I've attached several shots I've found over the years. Sadly, we lost his collection of S&S columns in a flood. He interviewed celebrities, and combat medal winners. A lot of life lessons from the latter. (Real men cry.)

photo collage of signed year book and newspaper pages

I recall one column on a more humorous note: He explored bringing a surplus Piper Cub plane home with him. (He wanted to be a combat pilot but his eyesight wasn't up to it.)

He was the Dear Editor editor at one point. That was a very delicate position.

There was a story about the entire editorial staff being summoned to Fleet Admiral Nimitz's office for a dressing down over an article about raising the number of points needed to return home after the war. They mistakenly printed a rumor before checking the story. All heck broke loose and Chester wasn't happy. At all. Dad was riveted on those little five star collar pins, thinking he might be fortunate enough to wind up afterwards still breathing in an Aleutian Island igloo...

So, I grew up with a real newsman and editor. I'm thankful for his insights into what real news is and what it takes to report and edit it. Thank you Stars and Stripes.

Kind regards,

Hunter N. Schultz

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kaleb

My son Kaleb was in Stars and Stripes many years ago when I was stationed at Misawa AB! He’ll be turning 22 soon!

Rebecca Lee

Rainbow fish drawing

She thought she was famous when her rainbow fish got published in Pacific Stars and Stripes.

- Lei Chen

My kindergarten aged child waits every afternoon by the door to greet the newspaper delivery man.
He was especially excited to greet him the day he got his new kimono. Our delivery man is so
kind and patient with our kid, taking the time to say hello and listen to a joke or see something our son has made. We love our Stars and Stripes delivery person up in Misawa, Japan.

Kourtney Metcalf Ray

Congratulations! I first read Stars and Stripes when I was in the United States Air Force and stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base in Vietnam in 1971. I first subscribed at Yokota Air Base in 1978 and am still a subscriber to the printed version.

Walt Gleick

I spent a lot of time on Diego Garcia after 9/11 and Stars and Stripes was about the only way to stay current. Thank you for all you do to get the news out!

Kevin Paskey

Not a specific memory, but I’ve loved having it be a constant no matter which base in the Pacific we have ended up moving to! From Misawa to Okinawa, it was nice to have Pacific Stripes still be there.

Kari Frazier

I loved when my little guy’s Month of the Military Child writing and drawing was published last year! Thanks for including our kiddos!

Kathryn Garcia

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