Home
What's New
Search Engine
Archives
Odyssey
Photo Gallery
Unit History
Unit Honors
TAPS
Voices Of Past
How To Submit


Back Up Next

508TH GYRO'S FOR JAPAN
15 C-124's Land at Air Base In Japan During En Masse Transpacific Airlift
Going Smoothly, Report Says

    Ashiya Air Base, Japan, July 11 (Monday) (AP) More than a third of America's first regiment of paratroops ever to fly the Pacific en masse were in Japan today, awed and enthusiastic about history's longest trooplift.
   By early morning 15 giant C-124 Globemasters had brought some 1,350 men of the 508th Airborne Regiment here from the United States. Twenty-eight more of the massive transports, spaced across the Pacific all the way back to Fort Campbell, Ky., were on their way with 2,650 others.
    Everything was reported going smoothly, except that varying weather along the 9,000-mile route shortened or lengthened the 2-hour intervals at which the planes left Kentucky. Sometimes there were gaps as long as 4 hours between arriving planes. At other times two Globemasters roared in within 30 minutes.
   "We have proved the feasibility of moving troops rapidly from the U. S. to any part of the world," said Brigadier General Roy E. Lindquist.
   His 187th Airborne Regiment will be history's second to fly the Pacific en masse. The 187th, which fought in Korea, is scheduled to start streaming back to America tomorrow aboard the same planes now hauling out the 508th.
   "This is one of the finest ideas the Army has developed," said Capt. Frank L. Garrison, Lawton, Okla., commander of the paratroops aboard the 15th Globemaster to roar in from America.
   "I sure think this beats a 20-day boat trip anyway you look at it," said Pvt. Robert J. Peak, Stockton, Cal., one of the paratroops. After the airlift the 508th is moving by rail into camps Chickamauga, Wood, and Kashii, in different parts of Kyushu, Japan's southern main island.

[The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Mon, Jul 11, 1955, Page 2]

Airlift Is In
Second Stage

ITAZUKE AIR BASE, Japan (AP) --- The big turn-around began Tuesday in history's longest and biggest airlift.
   Operation Gyroscope still bringing in approximately 90 troops of the 508th Regiment Combat Team from Ft. Campbell, Ky. every two hours in giant C124 Globemaster transport, began lifting the same number of rotating troops on the homeward hop.
   The departing outfit is the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, which began leaving Tuesday morning from this southern Japan base for Ft. Bragg, NC.
   Emphasizing the speed at which large numbers of troops move around the world these days, the 187th is scheduled to make a practice parachute jump at Ft. Bragg only 58 hours after departing here.  The men will transfer to a C119 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.  It has been in the Far East for five years.  
[The Daily Chronicle. Centralia, WA, 12 Jul 1955, Tue, Page 7]

Yanks Families Arrive On Ship
   by Associated Press

   MOJO, Japan—Operation gyroscope's dependents arrived by ship today to join their paratrooper husbands and fathers of the 508th airborne regiment which flew here last week from Ft. Campbell, Ky.
   Wednesday, the ship which brought them, the Gen. Anderson, will turn around and return to the United States with dependents of troops of the 17th Airborne Regiment. The 17th was airlifted to Ft. Bragg, N. C, in the Army's big airlift.

[Mt. Vernon Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, 19 Jul 1955, Tue. Page 2]

 

Copyright and all other rights reserved by the Family and Friends of The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association or by those who are otherwise cited,
For problems or questions regarding this web site, please contact
Jumpmaster.