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The Realm of The Golden Dragon


On 17 August 1967, after many years of being home ported in Honolulu, Hawaii the 180 foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Basswood set sail for her new home port on Guam in the Marianas Islands. With this sailing she would begin a fifteen month odyssey across the Pacific Ocean and into the Philippine and South China Seas.
During her travels she would unleash sixty fun loving, frolicking, fornicating, fighting, young Coasties on forty-seven Pacific Islands and five Asian Nations. Young, tough, kids from all parts of the U.S. many of whom were away from home for the first time. They worked hard and they played hard as they crossed the 180th Meridian, became Golden Dragons and went on to discover the mysteries of Asia and the Far East.

This epic voyage would take them to the hooker bars and short time hotels of Olongapo in the Philippines. The Vietcong infested bays and rivers of Vietnam and the vaunted Namenoue Red Light District in Naha, Okinawa. They would look in wonder at the temples of Bangkok, Thailand and explore the back streets of Keelung Harbor in Taiwan. Then they would sail to islands in the Pacific so remote that they have been virtually untouched by modern civilization.

Travel along with Doc Williams and Guns Gunderson. Share the adventure as Doc and Guns and their rowdy shipmates experience the rigors of going to sea on a small ship and as they enjoy the pleasure of wild Pacific Island girls and porcelain skinned Asian beauties. And when they lose one of their own, discover the fortunes of war.

When twenty-two year old Lisa Sutton graduated from college and volunteered to serve six months as a missionary intern on a remote Island in the Philippines she had anticipated a pleasant adventure. Marty Steele and two of his buddies had flown from Manila out to Palawan to relax and do some SCUBA diving in a cove nearby. Neither Lisa nor Marty could have anticipated that shortly after arriving at their destination they would be faced with the death of friends and caught
up in a terror filled struggle for their own survival.

The list of things on Palawan Island that could kill you was already long, now the Abu Sayyaf
Group could be added to that list. A splinter group from the Island of Mindanao came to Palawan to set up a hidden mountaintop camp on the west side of Mt. Mantalingian. Their mission, cause hate and discontent between the Philippine Moro’s and Christian settlers in the area, as well as to recruit and train young Muslim radicals in terror tactics and to kidnap Westerners.

Pack your mosquito repellant because this story puts you smack dab in the middle of the Palawan jungle as these terrorists take their first hostages. When a rescue operation fails to kill the leader of the terrorist group you will need your sun block as he fanatically pursues two of his escaped captives to the States and stalks them on the streets of Las Vegas.