Back in 1971 I was a young sailor serving on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War.
After spending more than 100 days in the combat zone on “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam, the Kitty Hawk was temporarily relieved of duty by the USS Hancock.
The Kitty Hawk then sailed from the Gulf of Tonkin to Hong Kong for a port of call and a glorious week of rest and relaxation, known in the military as R&R.
Along with my goofy friend Bob Jones, I was lucky to be able to go ashore on “liberty” that first day after we dropped anchor in the harbor.
After the Walla Walla boat dropped us off at the pier, Jones said he was hungry and wanted to get something to eat.
I was more interested in watching the beautiful Chinese girls walking by.
Jones stopped one of the girls and asked her a question.
“Do you guys have a Chinatown here?”
Note: You can read Cat Street, my crime story about the USS Kitty Hawk in Hong Kong, via the below link: