Monday, April 7, 2014
The above photo shows my Dad (while serving in Korea during the Korean Conflict) standing in front of the Yokohama Fire Station. At the time, my Dad was on R&R (rest and relaxation) in Yokohama, Japan. Since I have not served in the military, my guess is that while serving in a conflict, you get some time off (a week perhaps) and they take you to a designated place that is removed from the conflict but not too far away as to cost a lot of money.
According to Wikipedia, Yokohama was a major transshipment base for American supplies and personnel during the Korean War. I wonder if he also stopped here on his way to Korea or on his way home from Korea when his tour was concluded.
One observation I do have is regards to the quantity of photos I have of my Dad. I have a lot more photos of him in the service and specifically in Korea, than I do for the rest of his life. Now once you have children, you become the person behind the camera instead of the subject of the photo. Perhaps, too, since he was sending these photos home, it was his form of communication with my Mom (the days before email and social media).