Joined: Aug 26, 2008
From: San Dimas, ca
|Posted: 2014-05-15 07:10 am  Permalink|
On 2014-05-14 23:38, Ojaitimo wrote:
Pele Paul,that is a great collection you have. Being in the Navy forty years ago and into Tiki since I can remember, some of your collection brought back many personal memories. Lived on Okinawa in 1969 and the Scout troop I was with would go to battlefields around the island. This camp out were about to land on the island Admiral Is, where in a WW2, Ernie Pyle was gunned down. This guy really is an unsung hero. He wrote a column that GI's read in the Stars and Stripes until a Japanese machine cut him down on the beach I was going to land on. There I was in a Higgins boat with the dropping ramp. Peering over the top, I thought about those guys about to storm the beach over twenty years before. Many of them made it after all of the island campaigns and it was these soldiers who returned to the states and for awhile every town in the United States had a Tiki bar. The Tiki Ti bar in Los Angeles serves a drink called the Blood and Sand. Today if you order it, everyone chants Toro but I'll bet when Ray Buen introduced the drink that the beach battles were remembered not the bull fights
thank you so so much for your service and kind words sir!!! Funny thing was I spent 11 years in the army, 4 of those in Hawaii where I discovered my love of Tikis! as a kid, I always loved the John Wayne movies set in WWII, especially "They were Expendable" which showed at a local theater during the summer time as part of the Golden age of movies, my friends and I would go and watch all these great classics, then go home and built a PT boat out of old cardboard and wood. Ive always loved the way my two loves tie in together, makes collecting a whole lot easier!!
Currently, Im working on building a bench, which when done, will look like the day room/commo room on one of the islands circa 1944. currently doing a bunch of research trying to find an island base that had both a PT squadron and an air field for land based USN aircraft. I just purchased a load of USN Radio equipment over the weekend as well as the Sub battle flags, I just need to get the correct shade of Navy Gray paint. seems you all had numerous shades, depending on the equipment and if it was to be stored above deck or below deck! I think I missed my calling by not going in the Navy lol.
thanks again for taking time to stop by and see the room!