Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bars, Hostesses and Cherry Drinks

After a long patrol in the Sea of Japan, Sterlet sailors were glad to get a little time off on the beach. But there wasn't much time for sightseeing. Here is beautiful Yokosuka with night fall approaching, and all the lights on Honcho Street beckoned, "Come on in". But this was a quick way to go through your money. The truth is we were a long way from home and the ladies who worked in the bars, hostesses as they were properly called, were lovely and friendly. The introduction from the hostess was, "You buy me cherry drink?" The cherry drink was actually tea and it was very expensive. But probably worth it because it bought you some time with a friendly hostess. Pictures are from 1963.

Clarence Wahlstrom, aka "Cuddles" TM1(SS) Torpedoman on the Sterlet poses outside one of the many rest and recreation spots in Yokosuka.

Friday, October 20, 2006