Tales of an Asia Sailor — The Blog
By Garland Davis
I started Tales of an Asia Sailor in November of 2015 as a venue to tell my stories and memories of a time and life that no longer exist. The legend of us began with the China Sailor that was so aptly depicted by Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) and his shipmates in the classic movie “The Sand Pebbles.”
The end of World War Two and the presence of the Seventh Fleet gave rise to the true Asia Sailor who lived in the various countries of Asia as an occupation force and as a deterrent to prevent the Communist nations from overrunning the entire area. This resulted in the Viet Nam War and the apex of Asia Sailor’s lifestyle. We fought a hot war and trained to maintain our edge in a cold war. We fought a war with declining support from our government and the outright scorn of many Americans.
We worked hard and we played hard, in a time and place that lasted for only a short time. There are hundreds of stories from that period. As my good friend and shipmate, Dave McAllister wrote, “Is everyone living this dream or is it just me? I wonder what the unlucky bastards elsewhere in the world are doing tonight. Never did I imagine, dream or the thought dawn on me, that these glory days would too soon end and become the basis of which unbelievable sea stories would spring. As time has a habit of doing, the stories eventually became legend and now many of the legends exist only as myths; the likes of which will never be seen again.”
I use the Blog, primarily as a place to showcase much of the things I have written. From time to time, I include items written by some of my very talented shipmates.
As of today, I have posted over 1000 separate stories and articles. Since the beginning, I have had 485,190 individual views of the posts.
I am overwhelmed by the number of people who have registered for e-mail alerts when a new article is posted and for those of you who follow the Blog.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my shipmates who have permitted me to use their work and I thank all of you who read what is posted here.
Many of you have probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as I did in the past and that I am more and more relying on my shipmates for articles. Parkinson’s Disease is beginning to take a toll on my efforts to do many things. I will keep the blog alive and will post when I can.
Any of you are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by Private Message on FaceBook.