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July 11, 2006



I always like to read accounts of former vets because you learn so much about other countries and what military life is really like. The reality is often so different than what a young man idealizes what it may be. You are an extremely handsome man and certainly shows well in those photos. I haven't heard too much about Korean War times so this is well received by me. Thanks for sharing.

Alanna Foxwell

I have been trying to track down the friend of a family I have become close with in Japan. My family and I live here in Tokyo currently. The man's name is Harold D'Antleman, although since it has been many years and the Japanese family wasn't quite sure of the spelling, I could be off on the name. Apparently his nickname was "Frenchy" and he was a master sergeant at Camp Oji in the late 50s. I just thought maybe you would have heard of him and could tell me anything. The family had really fond memories of him and just thought it was a shot in the dark to try to get back in touch with him or his family. At any rate, I have enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you!

Richard Shortt

I was a SP2 (E5) / 3year "RA." with the 29th Engineers (Topo),34th Company, Army Map Service Far East from June 1956 to December 1957.We were located at Camp Oji,Tokyo.There was a Harold D'Entremont who was promoted to Sgt (E5) about the same time that I was promoted to Specialist 2nd Class. Later the rank was changed to SP5 after I returned to civillian life. D'Entremont had been in the Marines prior to Army enlistment & was a career soldier. He was classified as a Section Chief as I was too. We did photo mapping work. I recall that Frenchy was from Mass.USA.Had a Japanese Jo-San & roomed off Post.One of my fellow 34th veteran's advised me that Frenchy was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer in later years.It figures,he was quite good with politics & hung with the top NCO's & Officers.
Hope this reaches whoever wanted to know.

Richard "Dick" Shortt
Va. Beach,Virginia

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Gregg Burch

My uncle, Gary Young from Michigan, spent some time at Oji during the occupation. He told me he worked in intelligence so I am thinking maybe it was with the ASA.

I later spent a decade in Japan myself and am married to a local. My uncle and I were able to share many stories about our experiences in Japan in different eras.

Unfortunately, my uncle passed away earlier this year. I'd be curious to know if anyone knew him during his time in Tokyo.

Gregg Burch

Waldemar Scherer

For some reason Oji Camp crossed my mind after all these years so I googled it and immediately found your site. I graduated from Chinese Language School in June of 1956 and was assigned to Oji Camp. I worked in what we called "Bldg. B" which I suspect was above the Comm center and had a bunk on the third floor of the barracks. I was rarely there because I had a room in a Japanese home off post. I played first base for the Tokyo All-Stars Softball Team - we thought we were pretty good until Hakata came over and cleaned our clock!
I remember the Korean laundry right outside the front gate on the left. Oji seemed to be mostly Koreans in those days and they were thoroughly despised by the Japanese.
The other recollection is that HQS USASAPAC was changed to USASAFE - and then back to ASAPAC. In late 1957 we were told to pack up everything- they sent us to Okinawa to the 3rd Field Station. That was like leaving New York for Yokumsville. Bad scene. Our OIC was Capt Paul Doster. We went out to Tachi and loaded everything we owned, along with all training aids and tech materials, onto a C-119 (flying boxcar) and it took us three tries to get airborne. The Capt. turned ashen and we all hoped the plane wouldn't get off the ground.
Good memories loved hot rodding around Tokyo on a little Rabbit Scooter. Picked up enough Japanese to visit a bar
and converse in very poor Japanese. The Rocker Four Club in Tokyo was a going club. Hated to leave the big city.
Gor an early release from the Army in Sep 1958 and returned to the U of Minnesota, got my degree in Chinese and 2Lt, US Air Force. Retired in 1980 as a Lt. Col. and look back on many years with ASA, USAFSS, NSA, DIA and CIA.
Thanks for your site! Regards, Wally

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