|508TH RETURNS TO THE
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.
[Page 8, Pacific Stars and Stripes, July 8, 1956, courtesy of Fitz Blum]
Trains To Bring GIs to Campbell
Ceremonies Slated To Welcome 508th From Japan Duty
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. The military population of Fort Campbell will begin to grow again Sunday with the arrival of five
train-loads of troops from overseas.
They are members of the 508th Airborne regimental combat team, who reached San Francisco yesterday aboard the USS Mitchell to entrain for their new base
here. The Mitchell sailed from Moji Port, Japan, on July 7. Trainside ceremonies, in which the new arrivals will be welcomed by Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Sherburne, commander of the 101st Airborne division and Fort Campbell, will be held here with arrivals of each of the five trains.
The first train is slated to arrive at 7 a.m. CST. the second at 8:30 am.; the third at 10:10 a.m.; the fourth at 11:35 a.m.; and the fifth at 12:30 p.m.
Two of the trains will come here by way of Nashville, and three by way of Hopkinsville, Ky.
None of the dependents of the soldiers aboard will be with them.
Greeting the new arrivals at the trainside ceremonies, in addition to General
Sherburne, will be the 101st Airborne division and 74th Army bands; the 101st Airborne division honor
guard: and the massed colors of the 187th Airborne combat group (provisional), the 284th Field artillery battalion, the 937th Engineer group, and the 3400th Service unit.
[The Tennessean, Nashville, TN, 19 Jul 1956, Thu, Page 31]