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Port of Qingdao Is No Longer China's 'Sin City'

November 08, 1986

I must take a stand against your article on Qingdao (Tsingtao) China and your labeling of it "Sin City" in 1946.

Not only was there no more "sin" there than at Shanghai Red's in San Pedro, or the destroyer base at San Diego, or the Mare Island Base at Vallejo, or the base at Bremerton, Wash., but it was also the home port of the USS Estes, the flagship of our Seventh Fleet, which not only carried a full admiral but also a vice admiral and a brigadier general of the Marines aboard.

The general later became the commandant of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, so he surely wasn't affected by all this "sin" that is mentioned in the article.

I have a special love for Qingdao, as I

Lost my virginity there.

DENNIS S. ROBBINS

Cudahy

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