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
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.
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(courtesy Fitz Blum)
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.
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.