Beppu is on the northeast coast of Kyushu, the most southern of Japan's main
islands and has approximately 100,000 inhabitants. It is is a
20-minute train ride from the provincial capital of Oita.
Beppu Great Buddha
was the 2nd largest in Japan and was forty-fifty feet tall and contained a
number of funerary urns containing human cremains. The statue was demolished
in the 1985.
employed by US Forces in 1955. (Click photo
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The 508th was the first large
Army unit to experience a consolidated move crossing an ocean by air as it
flew to Ashiya Air Base, Japan. The Red Devils then went southeast by rail
to Camp Chickamauga near Beppu. The movement was documented on film
and can be viewed
BEPPU, Japan (AP) --- The first elements of the army's 508th Airborne Combat
Team, from the United States, started settling down today at Camp
Chickamauga, largest of three camps which the crack paratroop organization
will occupy on a three-year tour in Japan.
The new arrival voiced high approval of the living and working
arrange-ments, even though Japanese carpenters are busy tearing out the
termite-ridden bases of most of the administrative build-ings and replacing
them with new supports. The big, attractive post was erected by U.S. forces some years ago
with untreated lumber on what formerly was a beautiful
park in this famous hot springs resort city of more than 300,000.
Beppu is 500 miles southwest of Tokyo and 70 miles southeast of Ashiya Air
Base where additional units of the 508th are arriving from Fort Campbell,
Reunion For Brothers
The mass troop movement provided three brothers from Selma,
Ala., with an opportunity for a brief reunion.
Pvt. Robert C. Sanders, 19, landed at Ashiya
Sunday night with the 508th.
His two brothers, William H, 28, and Clyde T. Sanders, 21, got permission from their commanding officer to go to see him.
William and Clyde are with the 387th Airborne regiment, which will fly back to the
United States in the same planes that brought the 508th here.
The choice of living quarters here is based on points determined by
a man's rank and service seniority. Most families prefer to live on
the base but many will have attractive Japanese-style homes in Beppu suburbs
near the walled camp.
One who has installed his family
off the base and says he likes it is
MSgt Leroy Brasseau, West-wego, La. His wife, Velma, has parents at
411 St. Mary's Rd., Columbus, Ga. The Brasseaus have two children.
MSgt Harford Edenfield, Rocky Ford, Ga., and his wife Charlotte,
pay $96 a month, utilities included, for a two-bedroom house. They
have two small children. They have as neighbors MSgt Thomas W.
Wiggins, Lyons, Ga. and his wife, Lillian, and three sons.
The Tuscaloosa News - Jul 11,
outlined in red by MSgt William Blum, lies within the Hijudai Maneuver
Area. An area with two target houses is circled in blue at the upper
right of the DZ. Other buildings labeled as target houses can be seen near
a silk print with an artist's concept of a mass drop over the Mori DZ
Do's and Don'ts were all laid out for the families in Travel
Authorization Number 7, dated 21 May 1955.
Info included shots and forms required, amount of luggage,
household goods and privately owned vehicles.
[courtesy of Fitz Blum]