On the sixth day of November, 1960, an 18-year-old boy walked up a country road to catch a Greyhound bus to Louisville to enlist into the military service. After basic military training and advanced training for another four months, he got his first duty assignment to Okinawa, a Japanese island in the East China Sea.

He said that he remembered vividly as the plane approached the island how good it was to finally be ‘on his own’ and not have to worry about anyone’s personal reputation but his own. He thought about the year ahead and how much fun he would be having in the bars and strip clubs that were in Koza, a town nearby the base.