|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
"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.
Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Mon, Jul 11, 1955, Page 2]
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.
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]
unidentified 508ers peer out of C-124 as they land at Wake Island to
refuel. Next stop ... Japan!
[couriers of Mel Echelberger]
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]