Shuri Gate

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SHURI GATE is the second book written about Okinawa and its people by the author. It was written as a memoir and to tell about the Americans who were stationed there in the military and their relationships with the Okinawan people. Most of the characters are profiles of real people or composites of several people the author knew on the island. More
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About Herb Blanchard

Herb Blanchard is retired and living in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. He is a Vietnam Era Seabee veteran who spent several years stationed on Okinawa and made many trips to the island during his two tours in Vietnam.
He followed his six year Seabee tour with an Air Force hitch of four years as a KC135 tanker crew chief flying to and from Southeast Asia and flying combat missions over Vietnam and off the coast of China. He took every opportunity to return to Okinawa be a two day lay-over or a 120 day TDY.
Herb made and had many friends American and Okinawan on the island. He knew the island and its people well and enjoyed every day he spent there.

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Review by: claus olsen on Dec. 14, 2013 :
Interesting novel based on the author's personal experiences working as a KC135 tanker crew chief. The novel is a part love story and in part a hard talk airplane experience. The last part is heavyly encumbered with technical abbreviations and airplane slang. This a problem for non-technical readers. Even if there is a glossary in the appendix, I would recommend the author to 'translate' the important abbreviations in the beginning of the novel, and graduadly introduce the abbreviations in the text, og even reduce the use of the same.(AFB AWOL TDY...)
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