Wayne, Evans, MN2 (1954)
Wayne Evans, civilian (2009)
Wayne Evans recently sent me some pictures of his memories on Azuma.
Along with them, I'd like to share his cordial letter with the rest of his shipmates:
Upon graduation, I (and about 15 classmates) sailed to Yokohama, Japan on the USNS Nelson W. Walker.
We were assigned to Yokosuka (Azuma Shima) Barracks M. About February 1952, a few of us (George Angst, Larry Doyle, Tommy Thomas and "Frenchie" Bouchard) were suddenly sent to Sasebo, Japan. We stayed a few months (no mine shop) and suddenly reassigned back to Yokosuka Azuma Shima, to new Barracks J. I stayed until December 22, 1953.
During this time, there were so many
"stories" that it would take a book to fill.
Most of the wonderful pictures by Charles "Chuck" Tabor were taken while I was there and they really convey the conditions at Yokosuka and Azuma Shima. Such memories!
In January 1954,1 was briefly assigned to Long Beach, California then was transferred to North Island NAS, San Diego, CA. While there, I reconnected with Chin Sing (from Azuma). We worked a few months and we were able to connive a transfer back to Yokosuka, Japan.
Chin was assigned back to Azuma but I was
given a special assignment to Atsugi NAS. I was the only Mineman at the
base for about 6 months and was given some TAD assignments until a Mine
Shop was created on the base. I was promoted to MN2 and the Mine Shop
was transferred from Atsugi NAS to FASRON 120 (on the same Atsugi
base^but different command). I was discharged on February 25, 1957.
I have reunited a few times with Chin Sing, Jr. for lunch. You have posted our pictures together.
(See these great photos on Chin Sing's page)
I see that Gerald "Chip" Chipman from the
"A" Class of 1951 retired as MNC about 1970. I also see where several of
my classmates are no longer with us, George Harris MN3, (2/05), Jerry
Ireland, (3/83), Roger Janke LCDR, (1992), J. Jones, Ralph Laux, (5/76),
Bill Merchant, (1995). Also, friends John Radke and John Tapscott have
moved on up. My "old" friend William "Suds" Honnicker MN1 too. We had
two experiences in Sasebo and I'll share these with you at the reunion
in San Diego in October 2009. It's good to see my old Azuma buddies,
Chuck Tabor, Don Welch and Jake Jurak seem to still be around.
And now, 50 years later, Minemen have a chance to renew friendships
Derick S. Hartshorn -