Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day today in the States, I thought I’d share some pictures of some of my loved ones who have served.

First up my maternal grandpa (Gung Gung) or “M.C.” who I believe was in the U.S. Airforce. Unfortunately I don’t know a whole lot of his history there but I did find an image of their squadron - the 40th Bomb Wing in Erlangen, Germany in 1946 so he must have been stationed there for a while. After his service he went on to become the Honolulu Fire Department’s, Fire Chief.

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Next is my paternal grandpa, “Ace” who I wrote about previously here. He was in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in the 100th Infantry Battalion. At the time, many Japanese Americans were distrusted due to Japan’s involvement in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even though these Japanese Americans had lived and worked in the United States for many years, their loyalty came into question when fighting alongside their other American comrades in the throes of World War 2. His unit went on to become the most decorated in U.S. history for the size of the unit and the length of time served. A monument was erected in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles later on to honor those who served in that battalion.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of my grandpa in service but at least of the Go For Broke monument which bears his and the 16,130 Nisei soldiers’ names that served in this historically groundbreaking unit.

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Last and most certainly not least, my dad, John. He served during the Vietnam war as a Private, from December 8, 1968 - December 8, 1969. This was the time that men were being drafted into the military and so my dad decided to volunteer instead, and that way he could at least have more of a choice in where in the division he got to serve in. He got data processing, I.T. - back in those days where the computers were as large as an entire room.

Here he is visiting an orphanage during his stay in Vietnam. Apparently he was almost ready to adopt that adorable little girl.

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Travel Diary: Seattle - Arrival

January 15, 2016: I had a late night arrival in Seattle, leaving little time for any exploration other than the midnight run for water and snacks. With that said, here are my first impressions and travel tips of Seattle.

After arriving at SeaTac - I went to catch the Link Light Rail at the station located within the airport. I highly recommend traveling this way if you’re on a budget, as the furthest route is still only under $4! You can buy the tickets at the vending machine located near the station.

About 40 minutes later, I made it to my destination in downtown and headed towards the Mayflower Park Hotel. I chose this hotel due to it’s central location, close proximity to the train station (10 minute walk), and it was a deal on Hotwire.com. If you haven’t used Hotwire - it’s a deal website where they try to fill up vacant rooms, seats etc. mostly on off seasons. It was my first time booking through them on this trip and I found it’s a hit or miss, I did like the hotel that I got and they do give you a hint as to what it is before you book, but after all the fees added on at checkout, I’m not sure how much of a deal it actually ends up being.

The hotel is a historic building, launched in the 1920s, it definitely had some of it’s old charm still but updated slightly to keep up with modern times. My room had a beautiful view of downtown (better pictures to come later), with the soft glowing lights of the towering buildings nearby. The walls were a little thin (could hear the party next door), but it was clean and nicely kept. When writing this, I discovered it may also be haunted - though I didn’t really experience anything of that nature when I stayed there (thankfully!).

Once I settled in and dropped off my bags, I went on the hunt for some late night snacks, the only nearby place I could find open was a couple miles away. Since walking was my only mode of transport I headed off, but I don’t really recommend this if you’re traveling alone and staying in downtown. As with many downtown areas it can get a little sketchy at night and found myself briskly walking past more than a few places. I headed back to my hotel and turned in for the night.

All photos taken by my on my iPhone 6.