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January 03, 2007

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Humphrey Nixon

Went through Camp Drake in 1950. Remember several men going through a hole in the fence to a cathouse located within walking distance of the post. I didn't go; the guards were Japanese with shotguns and it didn't seem worth the odd chance that one of them was trigger happy.
Had a miserable four or so days there both ways . . . cold and just wanting to get home.

Paul Re Jr.

Anyone stationed at Camp Drake Post WW II about 1947-1950. And still around to share some pics. My Dad was there with the 1st Infantry Division. Worked at MacCarthur HDQ and played the Sax in the band there.
Thanks
Paul Re

CARL LINDEN

I WAS AT DRAKE FROM 12/51 TILL 9/53. I REMEMBER NOTHING THAT ANYONE HAS MENTIONED. WHEN I ARRIVED EVERYHING WAS BLACK AND YELLOW. FIRST CAV COLORS. THEY HAD BEEN THERE AFTER THE JAPANESE ARMY LEFT. THE LAND HAD BEEN A GOLF COURSE, THEN A JAPANESE ARMY BASE. IN 51 IT WAS THE BIGGEST REPO DEPO IN THE FAR EAST, HANDLING EVERY ONE GOING INTO KOREA, AND STILL WAS TILL I LEFT IN 53. WE WERE THE 15 MED BAT.
THERE WAS NO STRIP OR LANDING PADS ON DRAKE.
THERE WAS A STREET THAT RAN THRU SEPARATING NORTH AND SOUTH DRAKE, WITH 28 BARS ON IT.NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT!
DRAKE WAS NO HILTON, BUT BETTER THAN A HOLE IN THE ROK

Jim Green

I was stationed at Camp Drake from 1951 until 1961 and was in a unit originally called USACRAPAC and later the name was changed to 500th Military Intelligence Group. I was i the coordinating unit with a full bird, a E-8 and myself. There were 5 Technical Agencies attached to us. If any one remembers that far back, e-mail me at greenjamesr@yahoo.com. Many found memories of time spent there. Also had my wife join me while there.

michael thorpe

Looking for anyone remembering me as motor Sgt , ASACUJ , 64 to 67

frank virginiak

Played softball for ASA 66-68. Remember Rudy Sanchez (249th GH). Had a nice friendly softball rivalry between ASA & 249th.

James (Jim) Jones

I was stationed at Camp Drake from 1967-1969 while in the USAF working in communications. As I remember it, we were the largest torn tape relay between Viet Nam and Hawaii. Our squadron was the only entire AF squadron on an army base in the world. One memory was the AF getting paid every two weeks instead of one time a month. leaving the middle of the month to the end open for AF drinkers out on the local "hahn".....We had top secret krypto clearance and either were operators or repairmen for the teletype equipment.

Platoon Sergeant Chee

I was a Vietnam med-evac patient at the 249th June-Aug 1966. Do not know my doc's name so can not say thanks. I was ordered back to RVN against doc's advice. My name is:
Donald Cheesman if anyone remembers me, please contact me. 845 little Woods Road,
Elizabeth, AR 72531. Thanks to all med personnel.

Ed Perhay (WeaZZel)

Hi I'm looking for anyone who remembers a Mark Tucker, he was a 72B tape ape in the com center sometime in later 69-70 or maybe beyond. I served with him in the 509th at RRCUV in 68-69. I have worked on several reunions but he is one of my closest friends I could never locate after the war. He was from West Virginia and a very religious guy. If anyone know please write me, thanks CUL

Chuck Church

Was at Drake '64 - '66 with the 500th. Great to read of memories from that time. I am still in Japan though currently on Okinawa. Last went by Drake about 10 years back and it is good we all have the memories for it is a sad sight now.

Earl Adams, Jr.

Hello,
I was assigned to the 1967th Communications Squadron from 21 Sept 1964 to 21 Sept 1967. I worked in the AUTODIN (Automatic Digital Network) relay communications. Operated the UNIVAC1004/DLT6 and all the low spped equipment also. Was assigned to "A" shift and for a good part of my tour my shift supervisor was MSgt Bill Worden. Family (2 boys and wife - Maureen) lived in Green Park. Car pooled to work with SSgt Mike Mitchell and SSgt Robinson most of the time. Was E4 when I arrived and left there as a SSgt. Went to MacDill AFB, Tampa Florida and was assigned to CSE (Det 1, 1150th USAF Special Activity Squadron) until June 18th of '72 when I went to Siagon. People I remember - Jerry Palmer, Chief Pendergast, SMSgt Franklin, and of course Frank Ozment. Lets face it at 71 years old (and still in good health thank God) I don't remember a lot of others by name, but if someone mentioned their name I'me sure I would remember them. Oh yes, how could I forget our Commander - Lt.Col Earle G. Cross. He was a great Commander. My name is Earl Adams, Jr. TSgt USAF, Ret.

John Lettieri

I was stationed in south Camp Drake from 9/1952 to 9/1953 with the 71st Signal Service Battlion. I worked at a major communication center a few miles from camp drake. I remember a Japanese hospital directly across our communication cemter. We maintained MUX navy equipment on the top floor of the center. I would be interested to share menories with anyone who served in the 71st
Signal battlion

Ralph Alarcon

I was in 249th General Hospital from 1965 to 1966. Does anybody remember Captain Hines? at that time we were located in Fitzsimons Hospital in Colorado; we were all studing anatomy and physiology and Captain Hines was the leader of our team. If anybody remembers our captain, send me an e-mail ralpho7@yahoo.com my name is Ralph Alarcon. I have some pictures to share

Warren Jones

I was a cadre at the Camp Drake Personnel Center from February or March of 1956 through October or November of 1958. Japan was a paradise for me, but the thing about the Army that I found most memorable was FEN. That was a great station, easily equivalent to the best stateside stations. However, when I was in Japan many decades later, I found that its quality had dropped so much that Japanese were complaining that the quality of the announcers was so poor that they could no longer use FEN for language training. I agreed with them.The only worse station I ever experienced was the military station in Guam.

Charles Billiard

I was at usasa-cu-j @ Camp Drake from 64-late 65. I see a lot of posts about a unit called 249th Gen Hosp. We didn't have a Hosp. when I was there. If we got hurt he had to go all the way to Tachikawa AFB. What a miserable ride that was. As someone posted earlier, I have many memories of making the ASAKA - Shinjuku - Shibula - Ikebukuro drinking stops. I think our first CO was a Capt then he got transferred and a Maj took over. We had GREAT GIRLY SHOWS at the NCO club but when the Maj. took over they stopped. I remember the day Kennedy was shot. We had a company formation for some General to tell us Kennedy was shot 3 days after it happened. Everybody in the world knew it by then. About 6 of us managed to climb Mt Fuji. I was whipped by the time we got 3/4 of the way up. We stopped at one of the food stops. We looked out the door and some really old guy was carrying his wife up on his back. Talk about deflating. The Tokyo Olympics were on when I was there. The USO had a drawing for tickets. I got to see a Olympic basketball game. Brazil was playing somebody and some lady down close to the floor was going NUTS. They finally escorted her out. A friend managed to get passes for the Olympic Village. We got to walk around the village. We took lots of pictures and one in particular really got me in trouble. I won't mention which one it was, but it turned out to be a very serious mistake on my part. I have lots of memories, some good, some bad.

 R. Odom

I was a member of a small Tech Intel outfit stationed at Camp Zama and transferred to Drake in 1957. Good times. Lots of route reconnaisance training that took us all over Japan, Taiwan and some lesser, more remote, areas. While at Zama, we were known as a part of USACRAPAC. Coincidental with the transfer we were picked up as a 500th MI "asset". Loved the duty.

John Fogle

I was a patient at the 249th from August 1 to August 20th 1969. Col Thompson performed the surgery on my right leg....anyone remember his full name - would like to find him - if possible. He saved my leg...

John

Claude Ellis Eaton, USAR MP, Retired

I was a CID agent assigned to Camp Drake from 1967 to 1968. The assignment did have a whole lot of police work but there were several memorial situations. Several people mention the "Corner Bar" which was my main operating base. Anyone going during that time period will surely remember "Michi", an extremely tall girl for a Japanese; she was my main "confidential informant" who helped me on some cases.

The biggest incident was the death of Martin L. King; as the duty investigator, I had to get all the white soldiers out NCO club before the Negro soldiers were informed by the chaplain of his death. Another situation I was glad to clear up was catching the individual who was stealing items from the baggage of the Viet Name wounded personnel. I departed Camp Drake and was assigned to a CID unit in the 1st Air Cav. All in all, I rather enjoyed my tour in Japan am have many fond memories.

Charlie(Chuck)Moore

Was at Camp Drake from 66 to 70 with TDY to Bien Hoa Viet Nam. Was E5 tty repair doing all the shifts. I remember the Pueblo most of all. Went on 12 hr. shifts for a while. Us A.S.A. guys used to hang with 249th quite a lot.Had great times @corner bar along with all the others from Asaka to Tokyo.I married a Japanese college girl but not till after discharge so I would not lose my clearance. 43 yrs. later ,still married to her.Does anyone remember Crazy Joe Chaulfant or Richard Smitty Smith? Oh well, it was a great time and met some fantastic people.

Fred Koehler

USASACU-J 1966 to 1968. HQ Company. Worked in the Supply Room. Just surfed to this site. I'm a senior now, married 40 years. Many memories. Pueblo was taken while I was there. I think fondly about the young men and women I worked and played with during my time there. I hope all is well with them.

William Davis

I was stationed at USASACUJ Camp Drake from 11-68 until 11-69 and then was transferred to NSA Fuchinobe until 10-71.
Anyone in ASA feel free to contact.

Charlie marnin

I was stationed At North Camp Drake from April,1966 to October 1967 with the 294 MP detachment. Worked all three shifts. We were not allowed to go to the bars on the strip. We patrolled Camp Oji, A Officers Hotel Downtown Tokyo, And the officers club where the Stars and Stripes newspaper was printed. Wasn't much to do when I first arrived. Then they opened the 249th Hospital. They brought a lot of wounded in from Vietnam. Air Force also had a Communication Center there at that time. Anyone there at the time can contact me at cmarnin@midlands.net

Dick Raas

I spent 2 years (1965-1967) at Drake with the 500th MIG. Remember the days when the 249th moved in and displaced us from our barracks. Worked in the Photo Lab in Bldg 969. Remained at Drake even after half of the 500th moved out to Hawaii. The last year of my tour I managed the post movie theater part time. Best thing about Drake was it was only 20 minutes by train to downtown Tokyo. Remember seeing Mt Fuji every day walking to the lab.

RONALD PICKENHEIM

WAS AT JCRCJ 1958-1962 HAD A BLAST
SP5-E5/P3 RON PICKENHEIM pickenheim@aol.com

Tom Boland

I was a dependent living in Momote Village from 63-66. I attended Drake Jr. High at Camp Drake and the Narimasu HS at Grant Heights. My dad worked at Fuchu AB. I remember the large gymnasium and the huge theater building as well as the Officers Club Golf course. Dad was stationed at Ft. McPherson (FORSCOM) in Atlanta when we came back to the states in 9/66 and I have been here ever since. Great memories of living in Japan.

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