From Camp Chaffee, Arkansas to Tokyo, Japan - and back to Tulsa - Feb.,1955 to Aug.,1957
These pages contain pictures from the mid 1950's when I spent almost three years in the U. S. Army. The fact that my wife, Laura Ann, was with me most of the time, and the good friends we met, made the whole thing bearable.
I started with basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. From there to Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey where I attended Radio school. Laura Ann Higdon came out from Tulsa and we were married at Ft. Monmouth Chapel # 1 on June 4, 1955. We lived off post at Eatontown, N. J. until Oct., 1955., when I received my orders to the Far East.
Laura Ann went by bus back to Tulsa while I went by train to Ft. Lewis, Washington before shipping out for Japan. The ship was a civilian operated Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS), General Nelson M. Walker. It was loaded with GI's, some going to Japan and some to Korea. I was surprised when it bypassed Japan and didn't stop until reaching Inchon, Korea. There, they unloaded about half the human cargo and loaded up about the same number who were going to Japan or to the States. We finally arrived at Yokahama, Japan in early November, 1955, 28 days after leaving Seattle, WA. For more information about the Nelson M. Walker, visit this site: >http://1-22infantry.org/history3/walker.htm <
After about 6 months, Laura Ann arrived at Tokyo International Airport and we took up our lives where we left off, spending nearly 16 months in Japan. I was assigned to Camp Owada Receiver site. We lived off-post at Narimasu, Japan, about 8 miles from Owada.
Never before, or since, have we met such good friends as those we met in Japan. Names that have remained in my memory for over 50 years include: Hummel, Killen, Robinson, Purnell, Tedder, Rigsbee, Higgins, Turner, Black,and others.
While in Japan we took hundreds, of pictures, some of which I will include here, for those old army friends who chance to stop by and have their memories revived.
So let the memories begin with our days [daze ] at Camp Owada, Camp Drake, Grant Heights, Narimasu, Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura . . . motorcycle rides through the Japanese countryside with good friends . . . picnics and visits to parks and other areas of recreation . . . playing hearts and pitch at the kitchen table in the evenings . . . probably lots more that I'm too old to remember.
Here are some pictures of my army Daze. I intend to keep adding to the list as long as the pictures hold out. Some are not in such good condition but then neither am I, after 50 plus years. I have added some new pictures to "Scenes around Camp Owada" that were sent in by others that were stationed there after I left.
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Fuji View Hotel, May 1957 - 14 pictures
Includes 2002 pictures by Hiroyuki Ishizaka
Winging our way home, Mon. Aug. 19, 1957 [Take me back to Tulsa]
Our Plane at Hawaii, August 1957
Date Unknown or questionable
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