US Marine Saves Okinawa Resident from Drowning

November 13, 2020

Okinawa is well known for its beautiful beaches. The last thing anyone wants to visualize while admiring the ocean’s natural wonders is caught in the natural conditions of tides and overwhelming currents. Staff Sgt. Billy C. Dixson, a recovery crew leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, was enjoying his time in Mermaid’s Grotto, a popular diving location, on October 4, when he noticed a woman frantically signaling him for help. The woman herself was not in danger, but her friend, Ms. Miyagi, a member of the local Okinawa community, was losing a battle with a rip current. Ms. Miyagi soon found herself disappearing from the surface…
Staff Sgt. Billy C. Dixson talks about his actions that got him an award at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 13.