visits Osaka, Japan
"One of the best parts of our visit to Osaka was working and
playing at the children's homes.
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were an enormous boost to the morale of the American people.' says
the first time in more than two years, a U.S. Navy ship visited
Western Japan's largest city, Osaka. USS Vincennes (CG-49) arrived
in Osaka, Oct. 6, with the crew manning the rails and a large welcoming
party awaiting the ship’s arrival.
the cheering well-wishers were American Consul General Robert Ludan,
Japan Maritime Self-defense Force(JMSDF) Rear Adm. Furusho and approximately
50 children from Osaka, bearing flowers for Vincennes' officers
a brief welcome, the crew conducted tours for members of the press
and the Osaka police department. The evening's festivities began
early, with the crew hosting several distinguished guests, including
Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Rear Adm. Robert C. Chaplin.
than 5,500 guests toured Vincennes during the port visit. Vincennes
Sailors also volunteered their off-duty time to participate in community
relations projects at two children's homes in Osaka and Kobe.
of the best parts of our visit to Osaka was working and playing
at the children's homes. The smiles on their faces made me really
happy I participated," said Ensign John Shingler, a Harrisonburg,
Va., native. "The hardest part was leaving at the end of the day."
also enjoyed many of Osaka’s and Kobe’s beautiful sights, including
the Osaka-jo, Osaka Castle, Kaiyukan, the Osaka Aquarium and the
Kobe Jazz Festival, during which the 7th Fleet Navy Band performed.
"The (Kobe) Jazz Festival was really swinging," said Torpedoman’s
Mate Seaman Bill Wisherd, a Eugene, Ore., native. "The music was
great, and I had an excellent time." "I was amazed by the Osaka
Castle Museum," said Ensign Thomas Guccione. "The craftsmanship
of the treasures within the museum is stupendous." Osaka's farewell
was as warm as its welcome. Several senior JMSDF officers gathered
to wish Vincennes bon voyage as the ship departed Osaka Oct. 10.
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