Tales of an Asia Sailor — The Blog

Remember the scene where Han Solo meets Rey and Finn? They ask Han about all the stories.

“It’s true. All of it. it’s true.”

In my misspent youth, I watched Jake Holman ride the Sand Pebble (USS San Pablo) and feel in love with the idea of a kid from Utah joining the Navy and seeing the world. I never got to go to Asia, but thanks to Garland’s blog, I feel like I’ve been there.

And all those stories? They are true. All of them. They’re true…

Tales of an Asia Sailor

Tales of an Asia Sailor — The Blog

By Garland Davis

I started Tales of an Asia Sailor in November of 2015 as a venue to tell my stories and memories of a time and life that no longer exist. The legend of us began with the China Sailor that was so aptly depicted by Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) and his shipmates in the classic movie “The Sand Pebbles.”

The end of World War Two and the presence of the Seventh Fleet gave rise to the true Asia Sailor who lived in the various countries of Asia as an occupation force and as a deterrent to prevent the Communist nations from overrunning the entire area. This resulted in the Viet Nam War and the apex of Asia Sailor’s lifestyle. We fought a hot war and trained to maintain our edge in a cold war. We fought a war with declining…

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