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.
i was born there in 1962, david,
I was born at the hospital on Aug. 14, 1963 and lived on Johnson Air Base Housing Annex.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org is my work email. Thanks for any help.
SORRY!I was there - '45 @ "46!!!!!
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
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
My husband and I lived in the Tokyo area Air bases form 1971- to 1974. He started working in Tachikawa and I volunteered for the Red Cross at the occupational therapy section of Tachikawa hospital. I had my first child there in April of 1971. We lived at Green Park, Grand Heights, and Kantamura. We actually were one of the last three residence to leave Grand Heights s when it closed. That was an eerie time. The housing area was deserted except for tons of pets who had been abandoned. My husband worked in Yokota and at Grand Hieights and then finally back to Yokota again. We left in 1974. Since it was the first place we lived after we were married it will always remain a special part of our lives.
My dad was station at tachikawa air base during 1958 at which time I was born there. I have always wanted to go back and visit. He was in the Air Force as a military police officer as a dog handler. Would love if anyone else was there at that time if they may remember him, his name was Archie Hurren, and if anyone has pictures from around that time. My email. Is email@example.com if anyone can help me out. Thank you very much
My father was stationed at Tachikawa AFB from early 1952 to late 1955 after a short visit to the USA from years in Korean conflict. My mother and I were there from the middle of 1952 to the middle of 1955. I was 8-10 years old. My brother was born there on FEAMCOM side in Jan 1954. While waiting a short while for base housing we lived offbase in Kunitachi. During the years I served in Vietnam I had occasion to go to Japan for a few days and flew into and out of Tachikawa. It sure seemed small compared to my childhood years there. Aside from my brother's birth there were two big events I recall: 1) the schoolground caved in because the whole area was undermined during the final days of WWII to protect against our bombing and 2)since this was not a fighter base like Yokota when a rare F-80 or F-86 came in it was a big event for us kids-all stopped and we would run in mass to the airstrip. At 73 years old I still get excited by the memory of being next to the F-86s landing and taking off.
Don ZehnderWas at Feamcom AFB across the runway, 54-55
My father, Loyd E. Pyer, was stationed at FEAMCOM and worked in hospital administration during 53-54. My oldest sister was born while he was away for 18 months. I found a cut out photo (Observer Staff Photo) taken from a helicopter of new hospital buildings that had recently been built. The photo appears to be from a base newspaper. He owned a bar during his stay and traveled often. My father brought back many special items and photographs from that period, which I greatly enjoy. Sadly, he passed in 2012.
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