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508TH RETURNS TO THE U.S.

CAMP CHICKAMAUGA, Japan - Paratroopers of the 508th Abn. RCT this week said farewells to their best Japanese friends - the children of orphanages in Kumamoto and Beppu.
   The airborne soldiers, who leave for the U.S. this month have given over $53,000 for the support of eight homes in the year they have been in Japan.
   During the goodbyes, Beppu Mayor Chikara Bakaguchi presented Chaplain (1st Lt.) Clifford E. Keys with a scroll of appreciation for the work he and the men of Camp Wood have done for four homes in Beppu.
   Monday, children from four other orphanages in Beppu put on a combined stage show to thank the Camp Chickamauga troopers for a long list of charitable deeds.
   In February, Camp Chickamauga troopers helped fight a fire which damaged girls' dormitories, sisters' quarters, storerooms and the chapel at the Salesian Sisters' Orphanage in Beppu. They then furnished labor to remove the ruined sections and later gave the home three four-room houses.
   A boys dormitory donated by the 508th is being completed at the Garden of Light Orphanage in Beppu. The home earlier received a house, a cow and a goat.
   Another Beppu orphanage, The American Airborne Children's Home (originally built by the 187th Abn. RCT), has received a house, refrigerator, washing machine, sewing machine and clothes, as has the Heiwaen Orphanage.
   Most famous of the Kumamoto homes is Boys Town, located on the Kum drop zone. The "Red Devils" have built a trade school and installed a new house, washing machine and refrigerators there.
[Page 8, Pacific Stars and Stripes, July 8, 1956]
(courtesy Fitz Blum)

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 187rth 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 1897th 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 tame of World War II and Korean war fame.  It has been in the Far East for five years.

 

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