I was invited to go to Truk firstly
in late 1969 as an educator. While there, I learned the
language and began to meet World War II Japanese military vets, both
Army and Navy. These men were Trukese or Trukese/Japanese and were
full of tales of their war exploits, just like the veterans I had
met in the USA.
From 1969-1973 I lived on first Truk, then Kusaie,
and finally Ponape. I left there in 1973 and went to live and work
in New York City until 1979, when I returned to Micronesia. This
time, I lived on Dublon Island for a year and then moved back to Moen Island where I had started out in 1969.
Upon leaving there, I went up to Guam for a few months, and then
returned to California in April, 1981