Hiroshima Where he Becomes Boketto-san.
The year is 1966. only 21 years after the United States dropped a nuclear
bomb on the City of Hiroshima, Japan. Ron is enroute from Tokyo back to Chu Lai,
Vietnam when he gets a couple of days lay over near Hiroshima. He makes friends
with a local band and they invite him to join in their singing competiton. He is
scared but he can't say no to his friends or they lose face. So Ron, undeniably
American military by his age and hair cut goes up on stage, stares back at the 200
Japanese citizens of Hiroshima staring at him. He sings "Home of the Range" and
miracuolusdy wins second place. One of the band members smiles and calls him
Boketto-san as he hands Ron his trophy.