USO Okinawa Service Salute Gala
We were contacted by one of our (USO Okinawa) first ever Service Salute honorees Mr. Allen C. Stone. He proudly served as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy and was assigned to H&S Company as a Pharmacy Technician at Camp Hansen in 1970. In 1971 he was honored at the inaugural USO Okinawa Service Salute Gala. Because of his extraordinary service, Mr. Stone was chosen to join a select group of outstanding service members that were honored at the inaugural USO Service Salute Gala on May 22, 1971 at the Harborview Department of the Army Civilian Open Mess in Naha, Okinawa. The president of the Chamber of Commerce then was Jack Stalle, Commanding Major General 3rd Marine Division was Louis Metzger and President of the USO Council of Okinawa was Wayne Halvarson.
At this years’ Service Salute we were able to honor him yet again as we proudly introduced him as the newest alumni of USO Okinawa’s honorees. He continues to inspire the next generation of Service Salute honorees as they continue to carry the torch of outstanding leadership and professionalism.
According to Mr. Stone, “It (selection as a USO Honoree) was a proud moment in my life and a memory I will never forget. What the USO did for me during my years of military service and their support around the world for our service members is unforgettable.”
Our favorite quote from Mr. Stone is…..
“ Press Forward - Do not stop, Do not linger in your journey. Life is short, but strive for the mark set before you.”
Thank you again to Mr. Stone for setting the path for our service members, we salute you.
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