Friday, December 29, 2006

Tachikawa Air Base Japan 1945-1977

Were you there? Military or dependent....What unit did you serve with and when? Did you attend school on base or graduate from Yamato High? If so please leave a note.....

17 comments:

johnmitchellmd said...

I was a general medical officer at USAF Hospital Tachikawa Sep 1960 until Aug 1963. I worked in pediatrics with Drs Jim Bailey, David Franklin, and Charles Sweigard. Our first year we lived in a 7-room ryokan near the Nakagami eki. Our 2nd year we lived in Y-8 in the "Y" housing area, just across the street from the back door of the pediatric ward and next door to the Baileys. Our 3rd year we lived in the Grant Heights housing area and I worked in the Grant Heights dispensary. We were active in Officers Christian Union and in the chapel program. We remember especially Chaplains Roy and Augie Kilpatrick. We had a number of good friends among the pilots: John Chauncey, Del Lockwood, Bob Probst, and others whose faces but names I don't remember (74 yrs old now!).
We would be delighted to hear from anyone who identifies with any of the above items or person.

davidn said...

i was born there in 1962, david,

Erich said...

I was born at the hospital on Aug. 14, 1963 and lived on Johnson Air Base Housing Annex.

Richard Ambrose said...

Arrived at Tachikawa July 1, 1957 and saw the best fireworks show I have ever witnessed later on that evening. Started 9th grade at Naramasu HS that fall. Transferred to Yamato HS in 1959 after it was built. My dad got orders to leave and move to Wright/Patterson AFB in Fairborn, Ohio in September 1960. I was heartbroken because I did not want to leave Japan and my HS. What a downer.

Peter Stathas said...

SO SAD! NO pics or comments of 45's - and 46's of the base! Air Sea rescue with FLYING DUTCHMEN - B-17's with lifeboats parachuted to downed AIR CORPS crews - and PBY's - 317th courier - ATC - AACS that handled all communications - the old control tower and Base Ops! View of Mt. Fugi from control tower - Especially the living quarters for AACS! SO MUCH MORE!!!! PLUS! The total destruction of Tachikawa before The U.S. started reconstruction!

Jennifer Kitsch said...

I was born there March 3, 1971. My father was stationed. They tell me of wonderful memories that they have living there. We left shortly after I was born.

Sherry Glover said...

Father stationed there from 62-66. I was almost five when my mom flew from Indy to SF to Japan with three toddlers and two newborns to meet my dad there. (They wouldn't let her fly pregnant. ..go figure.) Dad stationed there four years, flight engineer on C-130's then I think. Eventually served 22 years I think then 20 more civil service at Robins AFB. He just turned eighty last year.

Sherry Glover said...

Father stationed there from 62-66. I was almost five when my mom flew from Indy to SF to Japan with three toddlers and two newborns to meet my dad there. (They wouldn't let her fly pregnant. ..go figure.) Dad stationed there four years, flight engineer on C-130's then I think. Eventually served 22 years I think then 20 more civil service at Robins AFB. He just turned eighty last year.

ANN IN GEORGIA said...

I WAS BORN THERE ON JULY 2, 1949 AT THE 376 STATION HOSPITAL. LEFT THERE AT 9 MOS FOR AUSTRALIA SO DON'T REMEMBER JAPAN. WISH I DID.

Betty Adcock said...

I was born there on Nov 20 in 1957. We moved to Denver Co when i was about 2 1/2. I sure would like to go back there but not sure what good it would do since I have no way of knowing where we lived and if it is even there anymore. My dad was Air Force and we lived in several places including another part of Japan when i was about 8-9 years old so I remember that area more. I have several pictures my Dad took while walking around the city which are pretty cool.

GrandChampDuval said...

Does anyone know or remember a Yamamoto or Yumimoto? He was a general or admiral there in the 50's. I am looking for his granddaughter who is my long lost sister. She would be in her 60's I think now. Her mother was named Betty Yumimato Or Yamamoto

GrandChampDuval said...

Does anyone know or remember a Yamamoto or Yumimoto? He was a general or admiral there in the 50's. I am looking for his granddaughter who is my long lost sister. She would be in her 60's I think now. Her mother was named Betty Yumimato Or Yamamoto

James Pavao said...

Any chance any of you know where to locate a birth certificate from 1964 at Tachikawa AFB. My dad was stationed there and I was born there in 1964. Been such a very hard time trying to get my birth certificate. Still don't know where to turn for help. James.pavao@psgcable.com is my work email. Thanks for any help.

Peter Stathas said...

SORRY!
I was there - '45 @ "46!!!!!

Aspence said...

Send a request to the records in st louis ? There is a form you can get on line ir from VA asking for copy of your birth certificate, just fill out the form. Same form as you would use to get any military records

Unknown said...

I was born there in 1965. I found this site that may help locate medical records:
https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/clinical-record-libraries.html

Suzanne Dapra said...

I was born there in 1965. I found this site that may help locate medical records:
https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/clinical-record-libraries.html