Its correct name was Headquarters, U.S. Army Security Agency Pacific, but both the locals and the soldiers called it "Oji Campu" after its location in the Oji section of Tokyo, Japan. I, and hundreds of other guys, was stationed there in 1957-58. Now, fifty years later, some of us are reminiscing about our experiences with the idea of putting together some sort of an unofficial history. The first goal will be to reconstruct from memory, old photos, and some saved scraps of paper just how the place was laid out. Here's my diagram, aided, corrected and enhanced by dozens of e-mails exchanged between several of us. It may still have errors, so if you were there in the late 1950s and have anything to add, please contact me.
This diagram was modified in April 2007 but is still tentative and will need correction. Until then, the numbers represent:
1) Headquarters; 2) Theater; 3) Communications Center; 4) Machine Aids; 5) Officers' Club, BOQ ?; 6) Personnel & Chapel; 7) Fire Station; 8) Mess Hall & Billets; 9) Gym; 10) PX & other functions, Billets upstairs; 11) (not shown); 12) Hq. Company Orderly Room & Billets; 13) Ham Radio Shack; 14) Supply; 15) Motor Pool; 16) EM Club; 17) Personnel Processing (Casual) Detachment; 18) Hobby Shop; 19) NCO Club. The tiny building by the main gate was the guard shack.
Here are some photos to start with:
Mess Hall (left) & Personnel/Chapel (center) Feb. 58, sent in by Glenn Kunkle.
Ball game, Summer 58
Old EM Club, top floor of billets, Aug. 57
A picnic at Oji, late summer 57
View from Building 12, the car being pushed is the Evil Studebaker.
In the new EM Club, early fall 57.
Another view of the new EM club, late 57
Jim Webb, chief clerk at Personnel Processing Detachment, late summer 57.
Me living in the lap of luxury, 3rd floor, Building 12, spring 58.
And here is the outside of that Building 12, sent to me by Noel Garland. It apparently was taken in the mid-1950s, before I arrived. My room (photo above) was in the upper left, in the dark section above the white part of the buildings, the first two windows before the 3rd floor of the white building on the left.
Image above is from a World War II Strategic Bombing Survey made in 1945. Some parts of Oji Campu are quite clear, especially the Headquarters Building. See if you can find it. This image was sent in by Noel Garland of Texas.
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