Sounds like you and I were on Okinawa in the same time period. We were there from late ‘63 to late ‘66. I used to love watching the Habu versus mongoose cage matches. Never saw a handler get bit, though. That must have been horrifying.
I spent a lot of time exploring caves myself. Did you ever get into that limestone cave the Army tried to seal up (again and again)? I’m trying to remember the name of the area where it was located, but sheesh, that was 46 years ago.
I still have great memories of the place. Didn’t want to leave when we were called back stateside.
I didn’t want to leave either. The best times a kid could ever dream of could be had on Okinawa. We also lived south of Kadena near the beach. Our “house” was nothing more than a flat-top concrete box with shudders that covered the windows during the Typhoons.
I would move back there in a minute and live as a native, but far too many grandkids and family here to relocate.
I think the cave you are thinking of was called Gokosenna or something like that? Like you said, it been a long time. I never got into that one. Guess it was huge and went on for miles underground.
We’d see the Habu when exploring and they weren’t afraid to chase you. You’re lucky you didn’t get bitten.
Thanks for allowing me to re-live the best part of my youth.