Sandy

Japan 1952

2018

Japan 1952

We lived on a military base, part of the American occupation of Japan after WW II.

1955 Hawaii

2018

 

The 3 of us, grouped together in the yard of our home at Hickam AFB, Honolulu.  Sandy is 11 years old now.

11th Birthday

2018

Few American children today have such an open face. At the same time, this social life that my mother loved, was beginning to unravel the family.

The arrival of Scott

2018

Scott newly born, around Sept 1956. Sandy is 12 years old.

1956

2018

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It’s the end of the summer, about time to leave Hawaii. When we lived in Hawaii, it was not a State. It became a state on August 21, 1959.

1953-54 Japan

2018

I have other pictures with the Japanese nanny. My faint recollection is that my mother lived was living a life without hard work, problems or worries on this closed military base. She had servants for the children, and a busy social agenda. Sandy was getting old enough to look after her brothers, something she did for the next 10 years. Many of my childhood memories are of Sandy, and not of my mother.

1954 Japan

2018

Sandy here is in 4th or 5th grade.

1954

2018

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In Hawaii, I remember we spent a lot of time on the beach and in the water. As the picture shows, she was my security.

Sandy with Grandmother Rhea 1945

2018

Here she is about one year with her grandmother, I think in the State of Nebraska.

Sandy 1946-47

2018

Still in Nebraska, where dad was stationed at an Air Force base for flight training.

Around 1949-50

2018

In California with grandmother Rhea and Bob, at “the Cabin.” Located in “Little Green Valley” in California.

1950

2018

Still in southern California, before my birth outside of San Francisco.

1951

2018

This is probably the summer before I was born, when the family was moving to Novato, California, where I was born.

1951-52

2018

In Novato California, I’m about 6 months old in early 1952.

1952 Novato

2018

In Novato California, I think dad is already in Japan. I am about one year old, and soon we will take a boat to Japan via Hawaii. Apparently, flying was not an option.

Sandy is in 3rd grade, 8 years old.

Early 1953 en route to Japan

2018

This is a stopover in Hawaii. Elsewhere I have pictures of our time on the boat.

1953 Becoming a Japanese girl

2018

Although we lived on a US military base, we had some connection with local Japanese culture.

1953 our home in Tokyo

2018

We lived in “Grant Heights quarters #400”.

1957 Arriving in McLean

2018

After leaving California, the next stop in a US state is McLean, Virginia. The McLean Virginia of 1957 and the McLean Virginia of 2018 are two different worlds. To illustrate, across the road from our house was a farm. There was no DC “beltway”. A large wooded area existed between our home and McLean High School (where Sandy and I both graduated HS). Where there was farms and woods, there are houses on a 1/4 acre plot. Because of the beltway and DC expansion, what used to be “deep rural” is now part of the greater DC area.

 

8th Grade

2018

8th Grade in McLean, and Dalmation Drive.

Our childhood leaves a lifelong imprint on our characters.