The imperial stallion, Hatsushimo, paid a visit to Scranton on May 4, 1950 as part of an effort by the Koch-Conley Post, American Legion to raise funds for the Lackawanna Unit of the American Cancer Society.
Hatsushimo (or First Frost) was on exhibition for three days in Scranton. While in Scranton, the horse paid a visit to Scranton City Hall. Following his stay in Scranton, Hatsushimo would make a visit to Victory Post 13 in Dunmore.
The noble steed, was owned by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. According to a article from 1947, Hatsushimo was first offered to General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur declined. Army Lt. Dick Ryan, who arranged rodeos and another entertainment for the troops in the Pacific Theater during the war, purchased Hatsushimo for 1,000 yen (or $63). With the purchase, Ryan promised the Japanese royal family and his superiors that he would never sell the horse.
Once back in United States, Ryan would took Hatsushimo around the country to help raise money for charity, membership drives for American Legion posts and for exhibitions at state fairs. To read more about Hatsushimo check out this article from the Long Riders Guild – http://www.lrgaf.org/military/hirohito.htm
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