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Pickingup merchandise
from Okinawan vendors
that couldn’t be procured
through normal supply
channels, or waited on to
arrive from CONUS.
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Traveling the entire island.
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Watching the SR-71 take off from Kadena Air Base. 
Nicknamed, Habu, a cobra-like snake.

Liftoff, pause, gone,

vanished

into the vapors
above the South China Sea.
~
The Daihatsu minivan had its engine under the front seat.
The island, tropical, my cammies, soaked, daily, picking up the mail.
Base HQ, came out of a tight, dark stairwell into a mouthful of fruit salad.
Breast-fed by the 1st black General of the Corps.
awkward.
~
M. Zane McClellan 
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* Purchasing & Contracting sourced supplies from the continental U.S. not found nearby.
The SR-71 was America’s premier reconnaissance plane at the time (and the coolest looking).
Fruit salad is the term for a Marine’s ribbons, worn above the left breast pocket.

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