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Camp Chickamauga
in the 1950s. The camp was located near the city of Beppu in Oita Prefecture

Barracks Area
was beautifully landscaped
(courtesy of Mike Vecchi)

No Mistaking
that this is the hospital serving the men of the 508th with its Red Devil logo variant painted on a boulder in front of the base hospital facility

(courtesy of Joseph N. Grenier, the same photo was also sent in by Mel Echelberger)

Mel Echelberger
was the head of the X-Ray department at the Camp Chick medical facility

View From Hospital
with mountains as backdrop
[courtesy of Mel Echelberger]

Looking Opposite Way
base scene with groups of men working

[courtesy of Mel Echelberger]

Delay Jumps
   BEPPU, Japan (AP) --- A mass parachute drop of more than 800 troopers of the U.S. 508th regimental combat team was postponed for 24 hours today because of rain
[The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, PA, Wednesday, November 15, 1955, page 17]

... and then the rain stopped
Ten medics standing by for a drop at Mori DZ
[courtesy of Mel Echelberger]

CSM Horace R. Pearl
on the job

Mel Echelberger
astride his Tohatsu 125cc bike outside  his barrack area in Camp Chick..

Tohatsu Corporation (Tohatsu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese company that, beginning in 1950, built the fastest two-stroke motorcycles in that class and held a large share of the motorcycle market in Japan and abroad.  However, production ceased in 1964 due to declining market share. The company continues to manufacture outboard motors and other items.


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