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
to view PDF file)
[courtesy of Fitz Blum]
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
Gyroscope Begins Trip Back
to U. S.
Itazuke Air Base, Japan, July 12 (AP). The big turn-around began
today in history's longest and biggest airlift
Operation Gyroscope still bringing in approximately 90 troops of
the 508th Regimental Combat Team from Ft. Campbell, Ky., every two hours in
giant C124 Globemaster transports, began lifting the same number of relieved
troops on the homeward hop. The departing outfit is the 187th Airborne
Regimental Combat team which began leaving this morning from this southern
Japan base for Ft. Bragg, N. C.
Emphasizing the speed at which large numbers of troops move about
the world these days, the 187th is scheduled to take part in a practice
parachute jump at Ft. Bragg only 30 hours after departure here. The men will
transfer to a CI19 Flying Boxcar for the drop, the Army said.
The 187th is the famous "Angels from Hell" combat team of World War
II and Korean War fame. They have been in the Far East five years.
Assuming command of the 187th at midnight tonight, midway between Wake
Island and Honolulu, Honolulu, is Col. Curtis J. Herrick of Alton, 111., who
left here on the first homeward bound Globemaster today as deputy commander.
He takes over from Brig. Gen. Roy Lindquist, Pittsfield. Me., who
is remaining in Japan to become chief of staff of the Army s Ninth Corps at
Sendai, Northern Japan.
[The Tampa Times, Tampa, FL, 12 Jul 1955, Tue, Page 14]