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.
500 miles southwest of Tokyo and 70 miles southeast of Ashiya Air
Base where additional units of the 508th are arriving from Fort Campbell,
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
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,
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
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]