After the World War II, our Itami airport has been changed to commercial
airport. There is no militaly facilites. Itami airport is still
important airport connecting to all cities in Japan as major sky gateway
of western Japan. In 1994 all International airlines
has been shifted to the KANSAI airport which is in the artificial reclaim
island in Osaka bay (Update Sept. 2005)
(Click cartoon "Kilroy was
here".-Legend graffiti during WWII. What's
These pictures are kindly presented by Mr.James
Miller in Kansas City Mo. Patronvp28@aol.com) Mr.James
Miller in front of Barracks at Itami Air base in 1951.
Itami Air Base from the air,
1951 VP-28 Hanger Itami Air Base
Just outside Entrance to Main gate Itami Air Base, Looking
(Same place andviewpoint )
Main gate of Itami Air Base (Same place and viewpoint)
Looking forward to having any information of
your memories in Itami airport, I remain...
Left picture is famous actor .Marlon Brando during filming of Sayanora. This movie was awarded the Academy prize in 1957. (Introduction)
Beginning with the occupation of Japan in 1945 many American soldiers met and fell in love with Japanese women. However, the U.S. Government forbade marriages between soldiers and Japanese nationals. During the Korean War Japan was a major staging ground for U.S. forces. The presence of additional U.S. troops in Japan only worsened the problem of soldiers wanting to marry Japanese women. This film is the story, from the novel by James Michener, of three soldiers who fall in love with Japanese women and how two of them try to buck the Air Force bureaucracy to marry them. (Quoted from "Teach with movies"website) http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/sayonara.html
As far as I heard from U.S. Veterans who stationed, there
was restaurant "New Friend" in front of Entrance gate. I tried to find the
place where it was in several times but I could not find it.
This picture was sent from
Mr.Bryan Elliot. One of the copy from his Web
father was stationed at Itami Air Base in 1946. He was a navigator in the
A-26 "Invader". I am much impressed with many pictures of old planes
in his Web-site. But I don't catch the feeling of his
explanation of "GOUGE" at any rate.Click here to his
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occured ) ３８ｔｈＢｏｍb
Special thanks to Mr.Bryan Elliott who
presented this picture.
Special thanks to Mr.Donald J. Weber
A Major and flying officer of the United
States Air Force, Retired.
At the beginning of 21st century, I am much excited
to learn that the super star Ms Marilyn Monroe
visited Itami in 1954 with her new husband JoeDiMaggio , and also Vice
President Richard M. Nixon visited Itami about
the same time as Ms. Monroe.
This picture was brought
from Mr.Donald J. Weberwho stationd in Itami
from Sept.1953 to July1955 first with the 6107th Air Base Squadron.
described the airport illustrated map refered to the aerial
picture(below left ) of airport from his memories. Today airport facilites
are changed completely except 320 degree extended over 3000m runaway, In
1955 I was only 7years old, so I am not able to remind anymore about it. I
appreciate his efforts and also I am expecting the any comments from this
Demaggio and his bride, Marilyn Monroe, were served refreshments in the
Japan Air Lines Terminal during a brief layover en route to Fukuoka, Kyushu.The famous couple signed autographs and
met base officials while at Itami AB.(Itami Air Base Photo)
DiMaggios & O’Doul Mobbed By Fans On Flight
Line By Donald
DiMaggio, his bride, the much publicized film star, Marilyn Monroe, and
stopped briefly at Itami Air Base last Monday evening en route to Fukuoka,
Kyushu, via a Japan Air Lines flagship.DiMaggio
and O’Doul were
scheduled to spend three or four days on the southern island coaching
baseball players in the Central League before returning to the Kansai
District “to help
get the baseball season underway in Kobe and Osaka.After the Japan Air Lines DC-4 was
parked, the “YankeeClipper”stood on the Loading platform and talked with the large crowd of military
personnel, dependents and Japanese Nationals who had come to see the famous
Marilyn appeared in the doorway of the flagship and posed for
photographers.The 20th Century Fox actress did not
appear “misty eyed
simply looked like the beautiful wife of an exbase-ball star, apparently
happyand very much in love with her
husband.During the ten minute press conference in
the JAL terminal, DiMaggio reiterated hisreasons
for combining his honeymoon with a baseball visit to Japan. His wife sat
beside him patiently while photographers took more pictures and the crowd
passed bits ofpaper through a
terminal window for her to autograph.
Asked if she thought her squabble with
20th Century Fox would be ironed out soon, Marilyn said, “I
certainly hope so, I am definitely against making ‘Pink
picture has been produced three or four times under various different
names. I would like to appear in more musicals like ‘Gentlemen
seemed anxious to get started on her scheduled trip to Korea the 16th. She
will make as many stops as possible during the four-day tour, traveling
from post to post by helicopter.The
DiMaggios will leave for the states on Feb. 24, Joe will proceed to New
York immediately, and ifMarilyn’s
suspension has not ended by then, she is expected to accompany her husband
Itami AFB and vicinity scenic place (presented by Don Weber)
On March 9 2001 one of the major paper of Japan "YOMIURI News" has
introduced this website with titled "Relaxing
Monroe / many battle planes." (left)
and "40 pieces of hoard pictures of Osaka
Airport after WWII"(right)
Special thanks to all veterans who had kindly sent me these pictures. (Click each pictures for Enlarge
size - wait for a while
(Mar.21.2001 The Daily YOMIURI)
To all veterans who enjoyed at the day of Itami AFB in age of 50's. Do you rememberthe location of the Clubs outside
of Base? Mr.Gleen H. Reed who stationed at AFB as Air Force 6127th Air
in May 1952 has sent me the left map which was drawn theMain Street from Itami Air Base to Hotarugaike
station by his memories..
(Click above map for
I wonder how did you call main street from
Gate to Railway station？ Mr.James Miller told me "100 yard dash street", for boarding a train in time
for Osaka. If you
remind more Clubs around Hotarugaike Station, please let me
know. (Special thanks to
New operation facility for 6127th Air
The new facility was opened
during July 1952. Dedication ceremonies were held in honor of this event.
This facility was located on the flight line between the control tower and
the main base operations building. These two photos were taken during the
opening ceremonies. The Airmen in these photos were members of the 6127th
and their names and home saates are listed. Photo#1 Left to right
Rydell Nebraska, Capt. Arthur Tuck Texas,CO, S/Sgt Walter Gilhousen
California. Photo#2 Left to
Glenn Reed Massachusetts, Edward Rose
Wenzel Frank Minnisota, Robert Briles Indiana
I received a
mail from Mr.Glenn Reed about 6127th Air Terminal Group, as
follows:（Click left letters for big size)
Subject: 6127th Air Terminal Group -detachment 17-Itami
In late January 1951 the 315th Air Division (Combat
Cargo) was formed.Major General William Tunner arrived in Japan to
organize a more effective method of airlifting troops and materials
from Japan to Korea. Tunner brought with him a staff made up off men with
previous airlift experience in the Berlin Airlift and other MATS
operations.A Transport Movement Control Center was formed at Ashiya Air
Base on Kyushu Island.The 3 14th Troop Carrier Group and the 437th Troop
Carrie Wing .Also the 374th Troop Carrier Wing were assigned to the 315th Air Division to provide
aircraft and crews to transport troops and equipment to the United Nation
Forces in Korea.C-46,C-47,C-54,C-1 19 and C-124 aircraft were used for
There became a need for
small Detachment Groups to be formed to cordinate the planning and loading
of people and equipment onto transport aircraft;therefore the 6127th Air
Terminal Group was formed to perform this critical part of airlifting
personnel and supplies to the war effort in Korea.
Theheadquarters was located at Ashiya Air Base.Small Detachments of approximately
12 to 15 men were formed in Japan and Korea.The following are those groups
and their locations: JAPAN: Tachikawa,Komaki,Itami,Miho KOREA:Pusan,Taegu,
Suwon,Kimpo,Seoul, Chunchon I arrived at Ashyia Headquarters in April 1952.
I was then assigned to Detachment 17, 6127th Air Terminal Group (Combat
Cargo) in early May 1952. The following is a roster of Airmen of this Detachment
when I arrived:
RANK NAME HOMESTATE
Capt Arthur Tuck Texas
S/Sgt Walter Gilhousen California
Cpl Dan Copenski New Jersey
Cpl Robert Briles Indiana
Cpl Elmer Wright
Cpl Robert Rydell Nebraska
Glenn Reed Massachusetts
The following is a roster of
Airmen that were assigned to Detachment 17 May 1952 to May 1953:
RANK NAME HOMESTATE
Fred Cox Georgia
S/Sgt James Boyle Washington
Cpl Phil Rinker Virginia
Pfc Edward Rose
Pfc James Wyche Florida
Robert Karr New York
Pfc Sheldon Gornstein Rhode
Pfc Robert Burke Wyoming
Japanese personnel were also assigned to Detachment 17:
Chimiko Higashinaka Interpreter
Mr. Nakamura Driver
Mr. Nakano Driver
Mr. Kanda Cargo Handle
Mr. Maeda Cargo Handler
Chimiko was called "Susie" by -- Air Force personnel. She also
performed the duties of Detachment Clerk. Her husband had lost his life
while serving in the war against China in 1940. Detachment 17 was formed
in early 195 1 and was dissolved in late 1954. 0ur original barracks was
located next to the Airman's Mess Hall and in front of the Base Motor Pool
on the main road leading to the gate.In early 1953 we were moved to a
newly constructed barracks located between the 321 Club and the
main runway.1 was reassigned to the 80 1 st Medical Air Evacuation
Squadron and left Itami in May 1953. My subsequent assignments took me to
Tachikawa Air Base, Japan and Taegu. Osan and Seoul Air Bases in Korea.1
will always consider the 6127th Air Terminal Group assignment at Itami the
highlight of my military career.
119 Sarah Sherman Road
I went to Itami AFB Japan and went to work in the base instrument shop. I
soon tired of this and wanted to work on aircraft engines and I went to
work as an aircraft engine mechanic and ended up as a crew chief on a
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Thanks to Mr.John Szalay for sending me these pictures of his Itami A.F.B. collections.
I could bid off the lighter which was informed me at E-bay auction from
Japan. And I am expecting to know about this commemeoration lighrter written
in "Itami A.B. JAPAN 67th RECONNAISSANCE TECHNICAL SQUADRON 1957".
Mr.John Szalay sent me a left medal picture which he got at E-bay
auction. He kindly often informed me about Air Base items.
Because he has been in Itami city and I suppose he is much interesed in
Die(Medal) stamped as follow
6 MARCH 1955
* I am looking forward to hearing more story about 10 mile roadrace.
you know what was this house, warehouse or something
(left picture) Map of location
There is still in the play ground of elementary school where is located
in 1mile north away from runway 320 of Itami airport.
Someone said it was warehouse of U.S. army, and another said it was radio
operation facility for aircraft. It is mystery for me. I speculated it
as something warehouse of U.S. army as legend goes.
If anyone know what kind of purpose of this
building, please let me know.
I am looking forward to having further information about Boy Scout
Invitation Camp in 1956 .
I received the plastic
bookmarker from son of Camptain, Charles D.
Poole 67th Tactical Reconnaissace
Greetings from Maine, USA I was at Itami in 1954-5 and have some photos you may
find of interest. My father flew RB26's from there on night recon
missions over Korea. I recently got an E-mail from a flight engineer who
was stationed there around the same time who may have some photos you may
find of interest. -CJ
Thank you for sending and looking forward to hearing anything
Letter of Appreciation
On the occasion of the reinforcement works of left
bank of Inagawa river at Kamitsu district in Itami city which
comencement of August 20,1954, With the great pleasure of all
citizen we hereby express our sincere gratitude to your great
contributions to the strengthening of Japan-U.S. relations at the
completion of works.
29th year of
Showa era(1954),November 27.
Mayor of Itami Sakaue, Yoshiho
Mr.Arthur J. Norden
Left picture(translated by webmaster of this page)
Special thanks toMr.John Norden, son of
Major.Arthur J. Norden
Above picture is the scroll of
the letter of appreciation which was given to Major Arthur J. Norden from
the Mayor of Itami. He stationed as the 67th TRW air force officer of
base engineer from 1953-1956. His family also lived in the military
housing area in
Toneyama near Itami AFB till 1956. I am much pleased
to hear that his son,Mr.John Norden kindly send me the picture with over
1250km(750miles) drive by car for visiting to his father.
I am much
moved to hear that his father was very proud of the citation he received
from the Mayor of Itami and it always was hung on the wall of his office,
along with his military decorations. . Now I am able to learn such a
historical fact of those contributions to the local
P.S. I was much surprised to hear from the mail that Major Arthur J. Norden
passed away on July 2nd. I'd like to offer my deepest condolences to the
all of the deceased's family.
Special thanks to Mr.Herman R. Snead , senior master sergeant USAF for
informing me the Air force Base in Japan. He was never stationed in Itami
AFB, but he stationed at Misawa Air Base (Northern Japan, there is still
Air base) and sending me the below pictures and he introduced his Website
including other air base. It was so nice to see the pics of old days in
Japan. http://geocities.com/Warhawk1940/index.html (Jump to Mr.H.R. Snead home pages)
I wonder how many years were those militaly payment effective?
Click photos for
enlarging. (Special thanks to Mr.Harold J.Hill67th Tactical
I wonder this is so called 100 yard dash
Mail from Mr.John Dejanovich
These as you see show the two principals involved in the change of command in the 56-57 time period with Col. Spicer departing and Col. Atkinson taking over CO of the 67th Tac Recon Wing at Itami. Col Atkinson and my father M/SGT George Dejanovich Wing SGTMajor would eventually oversee the departure and relocation of the 67th to Yokota AB by the summer of 1957 as Itami wound down and returned to Japanese Government authority. My father's tenure in that post spanned the command of both men as he had arrived in that position summer of 1956.
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Col Spicer Sayonara party 29 oct 56 Sgt Dejanovich Wng Sgt Major Mrs Spicer R Mrs. Dejanovich L 321 Club Itami
Col Spicer Sayonara Party full
House Party Sgt Robts Jim@ Dee Weis Jim@ Pat Hed unkn Col Atkinson Mrs.
Atk. betwn mom@dad below Itami
Joy Dejanovich Itami AB Bowling Alley 1956-57 Swept PACAF tournament Tokyo
Left Col Pomeroy mid unkn prob civ tech-rep MSGT George Dejanovich 2 Buds and a Pabst Itami
2nd frm l Col Atkinson 67th CO 2nd frm r Sgt Bailey 19 dec 56 XMAS
below Spicer Sayonara
Thanks again to Mr.Glenn Reed for sending me your pictures and nice copies
of 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing leaflet.(Map of Itami Air Force Base
Left: Doug Moreace
Note: Doug and Glenn were at Itami Air Base 1952-1953.
We met at a Air Force Reunion in 2000. We had not seen each other
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Reed(Verna)
Click below map for big
Additional pictures of "2007 Reunion" from Mr.Glenn Reed
Thanks ａｇａｉｎ to Mr.Glenn Reed for sending me the following poem that I
was much impressed to read them on ２００３ Christams season.
Merry Christmas to all people who served the duty in Iraq, with wishing
the mission will becompleted soon. May peace prevail in all over the world.
-Author of this website-
How thankful I am that we are so protected by our MEN in uniform. Worth
to read. Never will we forget! look at the ending.
This has been round before, but always worth reading again.
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE
MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS
AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL
ABOUT,A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,NOT EVEN A
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A
SOLDIER,ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,SILENT,
ALONE,CURLED UP ON
THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE
FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO
WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE
SOLDIERS,LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE".
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR
MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED
OVER AND SOON DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,I CONTINUED TO
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH
SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT
COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,WITH A VOICE SOFT AND
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO
ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan.
I am very happy to find the page who stationed in Kobe,"John-San's Asian Tour of Duty.
At this moment, his pages and many photos are not able to display except
Guest book page.
I would like to introduce a part of his mail to me.
I was in the military US ARMY based in kobe for three 3 yrs. I was only
18 to 21 yrs old then.I fell in love with country and the people and customs
.I took the cable car up to the top of mt.Rokko many times Saw the Golf
course which was on top there. Used the train stations a lot to go sightseeing.
Sannomyia station , Motomachi Station Tagatori Hyogo Kobe,Suma,
Sheyoia,Suma,and Akashi. Did a lot of swiming in Japan Sea.I lived off
my post which was know as Kobe East Camp also they had a West Camp in Kobe.
East Camp was only a 5 minutes walk to the train station Sannomyia.I lived
at the base of MT.Rokko address at that time #72 Nadacu Shogundori- 1 chome
Johnsan & Helen Hanick - Warren, Ohio WE MAY BE OLD
WE MAY BE GRAY
BUT WE ARE BLESSED TO BE HERE TODAY
And also I have found very interestig page of descendant of Abraham Lincoln who stationed in Sendai city,North of mainland Japan.
And fortunately, I had a mail from another U.S. vets. who stationed same East Camp in Kobe. Mr.Ed Pippenger kindly compiled many John-san's photos to CD-ROM instead of him and sent
it to me. Surely this CD-ROM amaged me to find a great deal of photos in
old days view of Japan. I appreciate his dedicated efffort to me. I would
like to introduce the beginnning of his mail.
TWO OLD SOLDIERS ? 50 YEARS LATER
(by Ed Pippenger)
Could it happen? Two young soldiers living only yards apart in 1950 in a foreign land, and never meeting, find each other more than 50 years later via the Internet and the telephone? IT HAPPENED!!
I was a twenty year old “buck sergeant” serving with the 2nd Battalion,
34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in Camp Ainura outside
of Sasebo in the southern prefecture of Kyushu Japan, in the early months
of 1947. A part of my battalion was called upon to serve as a security
force in the city of Kobe that summer, so I and my buddies after a long
and miserable train ride arrived in Kobe to take up our duties. Headquarters
Company was “beefed up’ with troops from a couple of the line companies
for this mission. Arriving in Kobe we were quartered in a group of Quonset
huts in East Camp, just inside the front gate on the left side of the road,
and directly across the road from the command stockade.
6th VP-28 Renion, ｇreetings from Japan, home of Itami Air Base!!
On the occasion of the 6th VP-28 Renion will be held on coming September 2006 in Las Vegas. I would like to express my sincere congratulations
to all attendee and with wishing all of your healthy and happiness in life
and introducing one of my favorite poems of Samuel Ullman - "YOUTH".
Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind;
it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination,
a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow
old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to
give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear, and despair
-- these are the long, long years that bow the head and
turn the growing spirit back to dust.
So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage,
grandeur and power from the earth, from man, and from the Infinite,
so long you are young. -- Samuel Ullman
Mr.Jim Miller& Mrs.Jeannie Miller at fourth VP-28 Squadron Reunion
in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2002.
They had just presented her with a plaque for all of her help and support
in planning all of our squadron reunions.
Jim-san, "ARIGATO" for sending me a picture. This website has
been initiated since you have sent me the first several pictures.
When will it be held next reunion of VP-28?
Letter from Mr.Jim Miller (dated on Jan.20/2010)
1st VP-28 Squadron Reunion, which was also our 50 year reunion. This
was at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., in 1997.
(Click this picture for large PDFfile)
Outside the main gate of Itami Air Base in 1951 while VP-28 was stationed there. These were between the main gate and the train station and sometimes referred to as the "100 yard dash" -The mail from Jim & Jeannie Miller on Feb.6/2010.
INFORMATION Although I received the following mail, I don't have any information about
this case.If someone who has a further information about it. Please contact
Good Evening Sir,
We have been trying to locate a person stationed in or around this area
in the 50's. We specifically are trying to identify and locate the father
of one Mikie Grubbs. Daughter of (XXXXX XXXXX=Japanese name).
The orphanage paperwork identities the father as Charles Haskell. Yet the
only living family and a picture references a Doug or Douglas (first or
last name unknown). They should have had connections with some type of
aircraft industry back here in the states if that information is true.
Are you aware of any resources that may help us identify and locate this
Mikie was born Feb 10, 1955 in the Osaka Area. We were also wondering what military hospitals and their names where in 1955. The orphanage paperwork is very questionable.
If you can help in anyway, please accept our thanks in advance.
Reply to Theresa:
> Good afternoon,
> Thank you for interesting my website.
> As a matter of fact I don't have any information about your topics.
> So, may I introduce this letter at my website in order to get further
> information. If you don't mind please let me know.
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 11:40 PM
Subject: Re: Info Request Japan
Please do, we are at a dead end.
The Airman may have been at Itazuke Air Base also. If we could just get a name list for Osaka and Itazuke + names of hospitals that would be at least a start. There is much documented American interest in Mikie as an orphan. The orphanage Is the Holy Family Home or Seibo Infant home. It is sponsored by the ? Wolfhounds (an American Military outfit)?? Not sure about that. Yet, that leads us to believe that the interest was sparked by people who at least knew her father and/or mother.
We also know that there was intense family pressure for the father to drop out of the picture.
Thank you so much
I received the following mail (Mr.Joe Metz), and I wish to hear more about
USAF 6024th group.
I was stationed at Itami with the USAF 6024th Flying Training Group (MDAP)
for 1 year. In 1957 the base was returned to the Japanese. Our group moved
up to Tachikawa where we disbanded after about 2-3 months. I then went
to Osan (K-55) in Korea. The photos from 1951 looked pretty much
the same as when I was there. If anyone contacts you about the Air
Force during 56-57 time-line I would appreciate it if you could put
them in touch with me. Thank you. Joe Metz
How do you think of Atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
On August 8, 2005 I have accessed the website of U.S. veterans who stationed
in Sendai northern city of Japan and introducing many photos of Japan in
As I also found his blog page and posted the comment of Atomic Bomb in
Hiroshima responding to the following his comment. http://campsendai.blogspot.com/ 60 Years Ago the 'Bomb' Exploded
Study says Japanese feared force of Russian
Army Joining in the War Against Them
Sixty years ago, on Aug. 6 and 9, atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki. Most Americans think the bombings forced Japan to surrender.
And further, most believe that they were necessary as the only way to end
World War II without a costly invasion.
(abbriviated －refer to the following site) http://oldmanlincoln.modblog.com/
(My comment -posted above blog site on Aug. 8 2005)
I am glad to read your comment, I am much impressed and I agreed with
Most American think the atomic bombing contribute to end the war and
saved many youngster from bloody combat to bleeding.
I think those viewpoint is only for the excuse and justify the atrocities of the war included the killing of many children and noncombatant citizens.
Today August 8 is the day of declaration of war of Soviet Union(Russia)
tear up the nonaggression pact against Japan. Despite Japan offering the
arbitoration of surrender to Russia for the purpose of seeking peace truce
to surrender to the allied powers.
Obviously The atomic Bomb was a horiffic operational test. It goes without
saying that the use of the atomic bomb to end the war was not necessary
or there was not only way to end World War II without a costly invasion.
On the occasion of 60 years anniversary of Japan's surrender, we should reconsider
the cruel occupied policy based on the revenge and racial biased unilateral
judgement at Tokyo war crimes tribunal.
As a matter of course, the proceedings at the trial was rather tend to be the logic of allied countries. It seems to be justified as the revenge of the victory countries.
Please remember all of Japanese people wish to good relationship with the United States, shareing common value of democracy and partnership against the tyranny of China and North Korea propaganda although some of Japanese people still are affected such as war guilt information program for decreasing the hostilities during the occupied period in 50's.
On coming August 15 some of neighboring countries and still some of the
folly domestic left wing media claim the worship to war victims at Yasukuni
Shrine of prime minister for the reason of lack of remose to the war against
It is unnecessary to eliminate the people who were sentenced by the trial
as a war criminal. Because the rehabilitation of their honor was completed
by Diet resolution after holding our sovereignty rights. All nation should
be dedicated the respect in equal to all of the sacrificed in the war.
I think it is the reality of the intervention by foreign powers in our
Reference: Quoted from testimony of Douglas MacArther, (in the period of Korean War)
Committee on armed services and the committiee on Foreign relations,
Thursday May,3, 1951
Inquiry Into the Military Situation in the Far East and the Facts Surrounding the Relief of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur from his Assignments in that Area
ＳＴＲＡＴＥＧＹ ＡＧＡＩＮＳＴ ＪＡＰＡＮ ＩＮ ＷＯＲＬＤ ＷＡＲ Ⅱ Senator HICKENLOOPER. Question No.5: Isn't your proposal for sea and air blockade of Red China
the same strategy by which Americans achieved victory over the Japanese
in the Pacific? General MACARTHUR. Yes,sir.In the Pasific we bypassed them.We closed in. You must understand
that Japan had an enormous population of nearly 80 million people,crowded
into 4 islands. It was about half a farm population. The other half was
engaged in industry. Potentially the labor pool in Japan,both in quantity
and quality,is as good as anything that I have ever known. Some place down
the line they have discovered what you might call the dignity of labor,
that men are happier when they are working and constructing than when they
are idling. This enormous capacity for work meant that they had to have
something to work on.They built the factories, they had the labor,but they
didn't have the basic materials.
There is practically nothing indigenous to Japan except the silkworm.
They lack cotton,they lack wool,they lack petoroleum products,they lack
tin, they lack rubber,they lack a great many other things, all which was
in the Asiatic basin.
They feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.
One of the judge member of allied power, Dr.Pal indian jurist who asserted
innocence of all defendants due to the "ex post facto law". He mentioned the famous comment at the last paragraph in his rebutter
When time shall have softened passion and prejudice, when Reason shall have stripped the mask from misrepresentation, then justice, holding evenly her scales, will require much of past censure and praise to change places. (Radha Binod Pal) Do you know "KAMIKAZE"(divine wind) ?
My recommending website to all of you.(Linked to Mr.Bill Gordon's page) Kamikaze Images(click)
American and Japanese images of kamikaze pilots differ greatly. This web site explores diverse portrayals and perceptions of the young men who carried out suicide attacks near the end of World War II.
Links to Japan Information "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue."
? a tribute by Admiral Chester Nimitz to the fighting men on Iwo Jima.-
(Iwo Jima memorial in Alington cemetory )
On october 31, I was much impressed to see the movie,"Flag of our fathers". And I am looking forward to seeing the next trailer movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" which will be released on coming Dec.9 in Japan.
The Battle of Iwo Jima (a volcanic island) was fought between the United
States and Japan in February and March of 1945. Iwo Jima was Japanese home
soil?part of Japan?only 650 miles from Tokyo. The battle of Iwo Jima was
one of the bloodiest in the war, with more than 6,800 American and 23,000
Japanese casualties. Of the six soldiers shown on Rosenthal's picture,
only three survived the war. The other three were killed during further
battle at Iwo Jima.
FDR plans sneak attack
before Pearl Harbor
At least Japan was strongly intend to declare a state of War before the
attack to only military facilities in Pearl Harbor . However unfortunately,
due to the failure of diplomatic activity of resident agent Pearl Harbor
attack has been regarded as a sneak attack. without the declaration. Consequently,
we would not make an excuse for the historic fact. Because it is used to
say that "the loosers are always in the wrong.." Despite FDR's"Day of Infamy" Speech on December 7, 1941, the governmet of U.S. had already interfered to Japanese
military operaton in China illegaly by means of supporting the A.V.G (American
Volunteer Group) so-called "The Flying Tigers".
Remember which country was the unfair and sneaky country at the beginning
of bilateral agreement .
All Japanese Class A war criminals were tried by the International Military
Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) in Tokyo
The prosecution team was made up of justices from eleven Allied nations: Australia, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Soviet Union and the United States of America.
The Tokyo trial lasted two and a half years, from May 1946 to November 1948.
Other war criminals were tried in the respective victim countries. War crime trials were held at ten different locations in China.
Tokyo war crime trials May 14 1946 (counsel for the defence) －Youtube-
-These arguments were intentionally hidden at the Japanese translated documents by occupied US force. Tokyo war crime trials was only facical show for pretended fairness
of democracy. -
"Unfortunately, the loosers are always in the wrong.."
Congratulations!! 7th VP-28 Renion,
I learned by receiving the mail with PB4Y-2 PRIVATEER airplane picture from
Jim & Jeannier Miller that 7th VP-28 Squadron Reunion will be held
coming 23-25th of September, 2008 at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas,
I am pleased to upload the picture. And also I learned that there were
only 700 plus of these aircraft built during 1943-1945 and VP-28 was one
of the last Patrol Squadrons to fly them. I hope to hear many topics in
old days at stationed in Japan and wishing the fruitsful reunion for all
*CF-7 Itami,Japan Stan Jessie
Topics of Itami airport
Air force One landed in Itami airport.
On November of 2005, President Bush come by plane on way to Kyoto.
Where are the least delayed airports in the world?
In Japan, Osaka Itami International airport had the most timely arrivals-just 8% of its flights didn't land on schedule in 2007.
But the country had by far the best track record for on-time departures--six
of its airports are in the top 10. Osaka Itami leads the pack, with 97%
on-time departures in 2007; Tokyo's Haneda airport, which saw more than
66 million people pass through its terminals, was second best. Only 7%
of the flights departed late there.
*quotes from the articles of Forbes.com(Click)
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I am looking forward to hearing from all veterans who stationed at my home
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