Revelations Lodge #97's monthly cleanups of Koumi Bay Monument in Yokosuka

From left to right names are Luis Echevarria, Michael Preaster, Randy Pringle, Miles Hicks, and Letino Sullivan
From left to right names are Luis Echevarria, Michael Preaster, Randy Pringle, Miles Hicks, and Letino Sullivan

Revelations Lodge #97's monthly cleanups of Koumi Bay Monument in Yokosuka

by Kary Flint
U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, Yokosuka, Japan

Two years ago prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the leadership and guidance of Mr. Randy Pringle who is President of our organization, Revelations Lodge #97, adopted Koumi Bay Monument. This was Revelations Lodge #97's continued effort to constantly perform charity and continue to be a presence on Yokosuka's Naval Base.

Since September 2019 and whenever possible due to the pandemic Revelations Lodge #97 has done monthly cleanups of the Koumi Bay Monument. The members from Revelations Lodge #97 like many before them, know the time honored tradition of "selfless service" and how monuments are used to honor events and tell their particular story. 

Koumi Bay Monument doesn’t disappoint. From 1881-1915 new berths and seawalls were constructed in Koumi Bay to support the expansion to Yokosuka Navy Shipyard requirements. In 1908 the west side of Koumi Bay, currently berths 8/9 was completed. In 1911, a 200 ton land crane was imported from England and installed at the end of what is now berth 8/9. In 2005, during an upgrade to Berth 12, these engraved memorial stones were discovered. The large stone commemorates the completion of the seawall portion on the east side of Koumi Bay in June 1915. The smaller stones provide the names of three engineers and one storekeeper that contributed to the projects. 

Monuments have been around for thousands of years and are still being constructed to this day, Revelations Lodge #97 was Chartered on 17 September 1993 and since that time has continued to answer the call and provide community service and charity on Yokosuka Navy Base and throughout mainland Japan.


From left to right names are Michael Preaster, Luis Echevarria, and Letino Sullivan


From left to right names are Letino Sullivan, Luis Echevarria, and Randy Pringle


Picture description of Koumi Bay monument

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