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The 508th was the first large Army unit to experience a consolidated move crossing an ocean by air as it flew to Ashiya Air Base, Japan.  The Red Devils then went southeast by rail to Camp Chickamauga near Beppu.  The movement was documented on film and can be viewed here

508th Airborne
Settling Down
At Chickamauga

   BEPPU, Japan (AP) --- The first elements of the army's 508th Airborne Combat Team, from the United States, started settling down today at Camp Chickamauga, largest of three camps which the crack paratroop organization will occupy on a three-year tour in Japan.
   The new arrival voiced high approval of the living and working arrangements, even though Japanese carpenters are busy tearing out the termite-ridden bases of most of the administrative buildings and replacing them with new supports.   The big, attractive post was erected by U.S. forces some years ago with untreated lumber on what formerly was a beautiful park in this famous hot springs resort city of more than 300,000.   Beppu is

500 miles southwest of Tokyo and 70 miles southeast of Ashiya Air Base where additional units of the 508th are arriving from Fort Campbell, Ky.
   Reunion For Brothers
   The mass troop movement provided three brothers from Selma, Ala., with an opportunity for a brief reunion.  
    Pvt. Robert C. Sanders, 19, landed  at Ashiya  Sunday night with the 508th.  His two brothers, William H, 28, and Clyde T. Sanders, 21, got permission from their commanding officer to go to see him.

   William and Clyde are with the 387th Airborne regiment, which will fly back to the United States in the same planes that brought the 508th here.
   The choice of living quarters here is based on points determined by a man's rank and service seniority.  Most families prefer to live on the base but many will have attractive Japanese-style homes in Beppu suburbs near the walled camp.
  One who has installed his family off the base and says he likes it is MSgt

Leroy Brasseau, West-wego, La.  His wife, Velma, has parents at 411 St. Mary's Rd., Columbus, Ga.  The Brasseaus have two children.
   MSgt Harford Edenfield, Rocky Ford, Ga., and his wife Charlotte, pay $96 a month, utilities included, for a two-bedroom house.  They have two small children.  They have as neighbors MSgt Thomas W. Wiggins, Lyons, Ga. and his wife, Lillian, and three sons.

The Tuscaloosa News - Jul 11, 1955

With Our Servicemen
PFC James Doss, Jr, of Marietta, was recently assigned to the 508th "Red Devil" Airborne Regimental Combat Team, the only such combat team in the United States.
     Doss is a decorated veteran of 13 months overseas duty having served in Korea  The 508th now hopes to have in this potential airborne trooper a gallant soldier who will be an asset to the unit and aid in maintaining its high standards.

[Marietta Journal, Marietta, GA, Friday, Jul 09, 1954, Page 8] 


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