David goes ashore in Japan for the first time
The crew of the USS Hughes makes their first trip onto mainland Japan on October 21st, 1945. They are given four days to explore the town of Ominato, Japan. The photo above is actually from the crew of the USS Diploma who also stopped at Ominato. Below is the description of the town and the Japanese people written by USS Hughes’s Lieutenant commander David Spencer Bill Jr. who had just taken command of the ship on October 7th.