By Garland



Hiraeth (pronounced [hiraɪ̯θ]) is a Welsh word which means ‘nostalgia’, or, more commonly, ‘homesickness’. Many Welsh people claim ‘hiraeth‘ is a word which cannot be translated, meaning more than solely “missing something” or “missing home.”

I ran across this word in one of my sojourns through the dictionary. Yes, I thumb, actually scroll, through a dictionary from time to time. It kinda describes how I feel about our Navy, the ships homeported in Asian ports, and the ports we called in. Just some of the things that come to mind.


2 thoughts on “Hiraeth

  1. Earl Knipe says:

    I agree with you and the Welsh. I experienced more memorable events in 4 years and 17 days of Naval Service and served with and met more interesting people than all the 68 other years of my life. Me and thousands of other boys became men in the ships and ports of the Asian Fleet.


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