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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 10, 1949, Tokyo, Japan                                STARS *nd STRlPlf fan. 10ALL JAPAN EDITIONFamous Golf CourseHost To Servicemen&By T/S?t. JAMES E. SAtJNDERSTACHIKAWA AFB, Jan. 10—The world famous KoganeiGolf Course, once the mecca of the Japanese elite and in itsday played by the greatest golfers of the five continents isnow the host to six thousand soldiers and airmen of theOccupation.The course, just a few mileseast of this base on the out-skirts of the Tokyo area, wasoriginally designed by WalterHagen as a championship lay-out and is presently the play-ground of divot-diggers fromthe grade of recruit up.Koganei was originally setup as a course in '37, whenHagen was brought.over fromthe States to draft plans cal-culated to rival the best inEurope and America.Due to its location, Koganeifalls under the administrationof Tachikawa AFB, fromwhich supervisory personnelare carefully assigned. Pres-ently the course is under themanagement of Capt. OlinMann.Constant improvements arebeing made to bring tbe 18-hole course back to the condi-tion it was in when Hagen andJoe Kirkwood gave exhibitionbefore'the members of the Im-perial Household. Despite-thisfact increasing numbers ofOccupation - personnel aretaking advantage of the pri-vilege of belting the daylightsout of that tiny balL-By spring it is expected thatthe major portion of the fairrways will be in conditionrivalling the best stateside hasto offer.A large club house, wheregolf enthusiast may discussjust why they didn't shoot 3under par, is located at thecourse, and to make thernmore comfortable a bar anddining room has been set up.The club itself, to whichany member of the Occupationforces is welcome, was origi-nally limited to a membershipof 500 of Japans wealthiestand most exclusive families.KOBE, Jan. 10—The month-y book review program ar-anged by the Kobe Base Spe-ial Service libraries for theicnefit of wives of military andivilian personnel will be heldanuary 13, at 2 p.m. in the^ikke building. The assistantbase librarian, Miss JuanitaJoyer, will review Allen's'Toward The Morning" andwill comment also on the otherbooks in the trilogy-"BedfordVillage" and "The Forest AndThe Fort." One part of therogram is regularly devotedo some aspect of Japanese life,nd will consist, this time of adiscussion of Japanese weddingcustoms- by Mrs. Hanano Ko-dera and a demonstration of aJapanese girl's ceremonialwedding dress.Admission will be free andall interested Occupationnairesare invited to attend.Hungarians Flee'Communist Terror'A plane load ofmade an aerial8 (AP)—refugeesgetawayfrom Hungary and said Wed-nesday .they had fled from•'Communist terror." Twenty-two of those aboard a com-mandeered Hungarian nation-al airways liner, which madea surprise landing here Tues-day night, were in the escapeplot. Three others said theywant to go back to Hungary"We fled from constantCommunist terror," said CaptJanos Majoros, the pilot.' -A passenger .telling of lifein Hungary said:"Every noise at night, tbering of a doorbell, gave youpanicky fear. , You .neverknew if it was hot the police.'Tachikawa HoldsTIE Talk Series: TACHIKAWA AFB, Jan4 1C—Saturday, the Tachikawa Information and Education section started a series of weeklytalks for personnel of Tachikfiwa, it was announced todajby Capt. Robert M. Dial, TIEofficer at Tacbikawa.The programs are of locainterest and on current eventsUnder existing regulations anpolicies of the Air Force, I&Ediscussion period will not bused for VD lectures or fotalks by tbe chaplain but wilbe devoted exclusively to information and education material.look ReviewsNavigators GetRefresher ClassAt TachikawaTACHIKAWA AFB. Jan. 10A brain driving, intensifiednavigation course, aimed atbringing newly-recalled navi-gators up to their former pro-ficiency peaks in all theirdiversified methods of '"'gettingthere and back," is presentlyrefreshing its second class ofstudents at this station.In the Fifth Air Force Navi-gation Refresher TrainingSchool, as the project is known,the students fly the regularly-scheduled courier flights thatfan out from this base to allcorners of the Far Ea'st to re-gain their skills in all weatherand flying conditions, underthe guidance of former • state-side instructors now assignedto the 6146th Station group.In four weeks of concentrat-ed ground school and flying,men, who a few weeks agowere confining their naviga-tion to reading road sigback home, are now beiichecked out as competent.The complications of navi-gation, which the officers ori-ginally learned hi courses ofup to sixhave beenweeksboileddurationdown toREPORTERA regular daily feature of the•acific Stars and Stripes. Address.11 queries, criticisms and sugges-tions to PX Reporter, Eighth ArmyCentral Exchange, APO 508.Dear PX Reporter:Maybe I should have read myrailway coupon book more care-lully. or watch the Stars andStripes, but I just missed it. Afterall, I paid $5 for the book. Whycan't I get a refund? Do youmean to say it's tough .luck for meand the PX makes all that moneythat remains in the book?t's about time sonjeone broughtthis matter up and had it investigat-ed. 'NAME WITHHELD.* » •In order that we may all startoff on an even basis, let's clearup one very important point first.That point being your questionabout the PX making "all thatmoney." ,Not one cent taken inon railway coupon 'books is .usedby, or for the Post Exchange. ThePX merely sells them as a service;o Occupationnaires and the military•ail service. The money from theirsale is all turned over to a U.S.Army Disbursing office. Thesebooks constitute nothing other thana financial hazard and an admin-istrative burden .to. the - PX in-asmuch as it is responsible for:he accounting and monetary valuenvolved. Further, the policies con-cerning refund, or redemption ofrailway coupon books are not made>y the PX. Now, as is the generalpractice with all coupon , books,•ailway tickets, etc., and in order;o maintain a proper control overtheir issuance, they become invalidperiodically. The books themselvesshow an expiration date and' sev-eral notices are published prior toLhat. expiration warning all holdersto-use'them up, cash them in, ortrade them in on the current series.In addition,-" it is normal proce-dure—as happened in this case—-for an additional 15-day period ofgrace after the books become in-valid, for the holder to dispose ofthem at no loss to himself. Afterthat—as you point out—it's appar-ently tough luck.practical essentials by afaculty appointed by ColFrancis D. Shoemaker, com-manding officer of the 6146thStation group.On the ground, practicaloutlines and exercises areemphasized in such phases ascelestial navigation, loran, deaceckoning and newer techni-ues. The course includes aeview from the basic usesf the E6B computer tofeather and polar navigationdentations.In the air, the. officers applyleir lessons on long flights toCorea, Guam, Okinawa anche Philippines. Within two•eeks after reporting, most ollem from inactive duty, theavigators are back in 'the airgain, calculating loran andelestial fixes. Some of themever having used eithermethod since cadet days asmany as six years ago. In someases, they are depending onechniques in which they wereever previously schooled.Japan-Korea FerryService StoppedYOKOHAMA, Jan. 10—TheThird TMRS announced todaythat, with the arrival January8, of the USAT Shiga, that allferry service between Hakata-ko, Japan and Pusan, Koreawas discontinued.'Double Eagle* ScoredTACHIKAWA AFB, Jan. 10—A double eagle, more rarethan a hole-in-one, was scoredat the Koganei Golf Courserecently by Lt. CoL C. MMyrick, G-2, GHQ.Ex-POWs Reminisce(USAF PhotoS/Sgt. William H. I
                            

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