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My Second Home Where My Heart Is

Date Posted: 2000-11-03

My name is Seabie Thornhill. I was stationed on Okinawa 3 different times for a total of 13 years. My last stay was 7 years and ended in 1990. Okinawa is my second home. The only reason I did not stay was my parents were elderly. There are some people that were very influential in my life, as I basically grew up on Oki. Mr. Jaxon Clifford and Chico Clifford were my mom and dad away from home. Chico bought me my first guitar and put me to work playing music all over the island, even in some places that aren't there anymore. I can remember driving back from Okuma during a typhoon because it was closed, so we stopped at Camp Hansen and they wanted us to play because the other band did not show up. It was a hairy ride.

Mr. Seiko, Giebo was a true friend who helped me to establish credit references on the island so that I could conduct business a little easier. The folks at Teruya music store on Gate 2 Street outside of Kadena handled all of my musical needs and even allowed me to work on some equipment in the store. The entire Hokama Family from Kadena Circle were our adopted family. Mr. Hakuzo Hokama taught this "gijean" to speak hogan, and it got me out of quite a few jams. Tomiko Hokama helped to raise our children and was the most positive influence on my older daughter. I can't remember all, so here is a list of some even you might remember.

Pol Penalosa, Phil Philips, John Hopper, the folks at Moon beach resort, Bones Rathbone, Sinkitchi Hokama, The folks at New Lucky Laundry who honored me with a certificate of achievement from the governor for helping to get the Handicapped Laundry built just north of Kadena. My body is here in Louisiana, but my heart is in Okinawa. If there is anything I can do for you here, just email me and let me know.

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