Unique First Date: Cathy and Billy Landrigan

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Cathy and Billy Landrigan of Sumrall met just over twenty years ago on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The two were in the U.S. Navy based on Torii Station when they met in January 1990.

"When I first met her, I was working on the quarter deck and all the new people had to come in and we had to stamp their orders and get them a room," said Billy Landrigan.

Cathy Landrigan said Billy was the first person she met after arriving on Okinawa. Cathy said she thought Billy was a nice guy despite the fact that she was feeling a little jet lagged due to her long flight from California.

However, Billy Andiron wasn't about wasting time. He asked her out on a date the very next day and the pair went to an Italian restaurant off the base.

"Well after we ate, I left a tip and went up to pay and all I had was a fifty dollar bill, and I guess they couldn't break it. They just opened and they didn't have the change," said Billy Andiron.

Cathy Landrigan continued the story by saying, "Yeah it was fun, the food was fantastic and then we got up to check out and he said I have money, but they don't have change for my fifty dollar bill and so I said ok, I'll pay for it."

Billy ended the tale by explaining, "And she paid for it and I said I'll pay you back when I break it and of course I have yet to pay her back and so it's only been twenty years and so I'm working on it."

Cathy and Billy Landrigan married later that year in Okinawa on November second of 1990. Over twenty years later the Landrigan's have two kids of their own and always look fondly upon their unique first date.

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