In 1959 Yamanashi prefecture had experienced two typhoons in less than a month, devastating agricultural production in the region. An Iowan working in public relations for the U.S. Air Force in Tokyo, Master Sergeant Richard Thomas, thought that sending pigs from Iowa to the prefecture might help the agricultural industry in the area. Sergeant Thomas’ idea came to fruition in January 1960 when 36 meat breeding hogs (one died along the way), donated by Iowa farmers, were flown to Japan on a plane provided by the U.S. Air Force.
To the left is the first page of the scrapbook given to Walter Goeppinger by Yamanashi’s Governor Amano. At the top left is a copy of the letter written to Iowa’s Governor Loveless from Governor Amano. In it, Governor Amano thanks Governor Loveless and the people of Iowa for their generosity after Yamanashi’s typhoons and the devastating floods which followed. The photograph is of the Prefecture Building and the gathering of Yamanashi representatives to greet Iowa’s Goodwill Ambassador.
For a more complete description of Walter W. Goeppinger’s Papers, please visit the online finding aid, RS 21/7/34.