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[Page 8, Pacific Stars and Stripes, July 8, 1956]

(courtesy Fitz Blum)

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.


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