Welcoming ceremony greets Army Reserve crew and vessel
September 19, 2011
- U.S. Army Reservists from the 9th Mission Support Command sailed into port Aug 19
- The vessel is named in honor of Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, a Japanese-American.
- I was wowed by the vets' loyalty, despite all they had been through and how they were treated during the war.
FIFE, Wash -- U.S. Army Reservists from the 9th Mission Support Command sailed into port, here, Aug 19, after a lengthy journey from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
U.S. Army Vessel Logistic Support Vessel Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, LSV-7, assigned to the 9th MSC's 548th Transportation Detachment arrived at Pier 23, Port of Tacoma Aug 19, after making a nearly two-week voyage from Hawaii to Commencement Bay, Tacoma, Wash.
Operation North Pacific Transfer, the movement from Hawaii to Washington, with a combined crew of the 548th TD and the 805th TD, was a training validation mission for the 548th's upcoming deployment. Simultaneously, the mission served as a training platform for the 805th and other Washington-based boat units.
After their arrival, the Soldiers of the 548th and 805th were greeted in a welcoming ceremony by distinguished guests.
Distinguished guests and speakers included Representatives Sharon Tomiko-Santos of the 37th Legislative District and Bob Hasegawa of the 11th Legislative District; Tom Kometani, the commander of the Nisei Veterans committee; and Brig. Gen. Michele Compton, commanding general, 9th Mission Support Command.
The vessel is named in honor of Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, a Japanese-American, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, from Hawaii. The ceremony was an opportunity to honor this fallen Soldier.
The Nisei veterans were given the opportunity to tour the vessel and meet her crew. Nisei is a Japanese term for the children born to Japanese people in a new country. They are considered the second generation.
"I was wowed by the vets' loyalty, despite all they had been through and how they were treated during the war," said Pvt. Keirsten D. Pryor, a split-option Soldier who has yet to attend basic training and is assigned to the 805th TD. "I was really moved by the pride I saw during the ceremony."
"This was a great way to link with veterans from our past," said Warrant Officer Tom M. Dike, 805th TD commander and LSV-3 commander. "Vets really know and understand other vets."
After thorough tours of the vessel, the distinguished guests and crewmembers were treated to a barbeque prepared by both of the units' cooks.
"Today went great; I was glad to see everyone enjoying themselves," said Spc. Albert Audette, a deckhand assigned to the 805th TD and co-coordinator for the ceremony.