(in the linked article, Norm Maves Jr. fails to acknowledge that the barricade at Tom McCall Waterfront Park contained a facet of cement barriers lined up from the Burnside Bridge to the Steel Bridge access. this barrier went up a day before the fencing)
so i stop these two enlisted men who were in full naval outfit. the downtown was flooded with seamen.
i wanted to ask them why they were wearing their uniforms because from my experience (working security at the port of another city here in the NW), the sailors tended to get dressed down civilian stylee before leaving the vessel.
when i asked them (their names not being asked by me) one stated that it was "the rule that we wear our uniforms the first day on shore, after that we can dress however way we want to."
hm. i don't know if this was a rule before "9-11" but since i didn't thoroughly investigate this article i'll just wonder to myself WHY WOULD THE US NAVY REQUIRE UNIFORMS ON ANY PART OF SHORE LEAVE AT ANY PORT OF CALL? wouldn't this involve safety issues for the servicemen?)
the ship these two were on was the USS Valley Forge, the 4th ship among the visiting fleet to arrive. they were "new recruits," which might explain the problems that were encountered before arriving to port here in Portland (see linked article).
today, i suppose i shouldn't see any seamen on my city streets (or joy-riding around in a white limousine for that matter. maybe).
(also, on my limited investigation, i came across the big stone that is at the park commemorating the Japanese US citizens interned during WWII)