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Okinawa USO looking for memories

Date Posted: 2008-03-21

Since the 1950ís, one thing has remained constant: the USO continues to provide services enjoyed by service men and women as well as the local community.

Planning and preparing this years USO Service Salute Gala a number of questions about the event itself sparked an interest to seek historical information and the impact of the USO. All organizations have roots and periodically it is nice to see how the past has shaped the present while planning for the future. With the support of the Japan Update, Okinawa USO would like for people from the community to share their stories and memories.

There are stories from the Quonset hut USO in Naha on Kokusai Street, dances (and yes, fights) at the USO outside of Kadena Gate 2, the USO club on the beach at Ishikawa, and many others.

Did you know the USO sponsored an event providing mentally and physically challenged people an opportunity to compete in fun activities before the Special Olympics were officially started? What did the USO mean to these people? How did their experience with the USO shape their lives and the lives of their families? How many people volunteered to work at a USO to enjoy a piece of America?

One thing is unquestioned about the USO; selfless volunteers remain the heart and soul of our organization. Please contact USO Okinawa at adm.oki@uso-pacific.org or call 645-2662 (970-2662 from off-base) to share your story, or stop by one of our centers for a visit and tell your story over a cup of coffee.

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