HISTORY - ACCOUNTS - W. C. "Bob" Fails|
The following account is from W.C. "Bob" Fails who served
with VMA-251 in 1956 - 1957. He states, "Among the memories I am writing up for
my great, great grandchildren that I will never meet, there are several
involving VMA-251 at Iwakuni in the late summer and winter of 1957. All are
exactly as I remember them with no elaboration."
But first I had to undergo an initiation rite that was the answer to a problem
that had plagued Marines (and others) stationed overseas in populated areas.
There were always one or two men who, in an effort to cloak themselves with a
blanket of self denial purity would write home to their wives about the
temptations of flesh that they had successfully fought off and then, to enhance
their self righteousness, name a squadron mate who had fallen victim to the
temptations. This assertion may, or may not, have been true. But the damage was
done when the gossip got back to the wife of the unfortunate Marine that he was
not being especially "pure."
But VMA-251 (and I suppose other units) had devised a program to prevent this
tattle-tale maneuver from every occurring.
The officers of the squadron claimed as their own, The Log Cabin bar -- known to
the Americans exclusively as "Abe’s House." One of the more demonstrative of the
hostesses was "Tiger." Small even for a Japanese of the time and not
particularly attractive. Her trade mark was a wardrobe of outfits in leopard
skin patterns. She never-the-less possessed a exuberant personality and
extremely high energy.
Each married "new guy" officer was escorted to Abe’s House by the squadron
officers. As the evening wore on and the time for closing came closer, the
commanding officer would have a special squadron check-in sheet for the new guy
handed to Tiger.
The instructions were quite simple: You could not fly until she had signed the
special check-in sheet. She would not sign it until the morning after you spent
a night with her. Whether there was sex involved was strictly between her and
you (and she would make no extra effort to force the issue.) The cost of a night
with Tiger was paid for by the other officers of the squadron.
Thus, the check-in sheet, with her signature, proved that you had spent all
night with a hostess from The Log Cabin and only you and her knew for sure if
you had broken your wedding vows.
And VMA-251 never had a problem with gossip mongers writing to their wives about
how pure they were compared to others.