In late November 1953 we had about a month left before we came back to California. I really liked Japan, but I was anxious to return home.
One day at school all of the kids were called into a classroom for a health check-up. Since it was a military school, the military had records of our inoculations and each kid checked in, then was weighed and if there was a need, you received a shot. The process was set up like an assembly line, you would stand in line and go from station to station getting whatever you needed. Like all of the kids in my class, I stood in line, then I was weighed and I was very excited because I weighed 89 pounds. I stood in line again before I reached the area where I would get my shots. When I reached this area, there was an army man checking all of my personal information, name, address, etc. When I saw him, his eyes were locked on me. I stood in front of him, with my eyes locked onto his for 5 to 10 seconds. I felt like a deer in the headlights. I wasn't afraid, but I sensed danger. I received my shots and left feeling very uneasy.
That evening it was particularly cold and so I didn't go out to play. Later that evening we learned that a little girl who lived down the street was missing. She was playing with the girl across the street from our house. At dusk, her mother had called and told her it was time to come home. The child had left but had never arrived home. The Military Police began a search.