Bobby Joe Bush, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bush, was recently transferred to
Japan with the 508th Airborne "Red Devils" Regiment. He will be
stationed there for 30 months.
Pvt Bush received his previous training at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox.
[Lexington Leader, Lexington, KY, Wed, Aug 03, 1955, Page: 52]
M/Sgt Jessie L. Watts, husband of Mr. June Watts, Winchester, was flown from
Camp Campbell to Japan as part of "Operation Gyroscope," the unit rotation
Sgt Watts' unit, the 508th Airborne Regiment Combat Team, replaced
the 187th RCT in the Far East. He is a platoon sergeant in Company C.
A 1947 graduate of Clark County High School, Watts entered the army in 1948,
and completed training at Ft, Sill, Okla.
[Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY, Mon, Jul 18, 1955, Page: 11]
. Edgar. Lockman 6" 205 pounder plays Left Guard for the 508th Devils, and is playing his fourth year on the team this season. Having been termed as "Bulldozer" by many of his team mates and numerous sports writers for his hard hitting and his ability to break through the defense and break up the play.
Lockman started playing football while attending Montgomery High School in
Montgomery, West Virginia where he was chosen as an All State Flayer, and
going after their league titles, but went on to play with West Virginia Tech. where he was selected as "A1 Conference". After entering the service he started his
military football career with the Fort Bragg "All Americans" and was chosen as a member of the All Post Team at Fort Bragg, N. C. He is assigned to Company "M" of the
508th Abn RCT.
Thires Pickett is one of the unsung heroes of Red Devil Team.
The 6'4", 205 pound Right Tackle is a bulwark of defense, a hard blocker, and a steady player under all conditions. Pickett was a reserve tackle until he broke into line-up early in the season. During the Devils second game of the season the rugged tackle entered the contest and played such sensational ball 'that
his name appeared on every starting line-up from that time forward. A sixty minute player, Pickett is a graduate of Rose-dale High in Birmingham, Alabama.
(The Morning Call, Allentown,
PA, 31 May 2002, Page B10 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)