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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 10, 1949, Tokyo, JapanSTARS *nd STRlPlf fan. 10 ALL JAPAN EDITION Famous Golf Course Host To Servicemen & By T/S?t. JAMES E. SAtJNDERS TACHIKAWA AFB, Jan. 10—The world famous Koganei Golf Course, once the mecca of the Japanese elite and in its day played by the greatest golfers of the five continents is now the host to six thousand soldiers and airmen of the Occupation.The course, just a few miles east of this base on the out- skirts of the Tokyo area, wasoriginally designed by Walter Hagen as a championship lay- out and is presently the play- ground of divot-diggers from the grade of recruit up. Koganei was originally setup as a course in '37, when Hagen was brought.over from the States to draft plans cal- culated to rival the best in Europe and America. Due to its location, Koganeifalls under the administration of Tachikawa AFB, from which supervisory personnel are carefully assigned. Pres- ently the course is under the management of Capt. Olin Mann.Constant improvements are being made to bring tbe 18- hole course back to the condi- tion it was in when Hagen andJoe Kirkwood gave exhibition before'the members of the Im- perial Household. Despite-this fact increasing numbers of Occupation - personnel aretaking advantage of the pri- vilege of belting the daylights out of that tiny balL-By spring it is expected that the major portion of the fairr ways will be in condition rivalling the best stateside has to offer.A large club house, where golf enthusiast may discuss just why they didn't shoot 3 under par, is located at the course, and to make thern more comfortable a bar and dining room has been set up.The club itself, to which any member of the Occupation forces is welcome, was origi-nally limited to a membership of 500 of Japans wealthiest and most exclusive families. KOBE, Jan. 10—The month- y book review program ar- anged by the Kobe Base Spe- ial Service libraries for the icnefit of wives of military and ivilian personnel will be heldanuary 13, at 2 p.m. in the ^ikke building. The assistant base librarian, Miss Juanita Joyer, will review Allen's 'Toward The Morning" and will comment also on the otherbooks in the trilogy-"Bedford Village" and "The Forest And The Fort." One part of therogram is regularly devoted o some aspect of Japanese life ,nd will consist, this time of adiscussion of Japanese wedding customs- by Mrs. Hanano Ko-dera and a demonstration of a Japanese girl's ceremonial wedding dress.Admission will be free and all interested Occupationnairesare invited to attend. Hungarians Flee 'Communist Terror' A plane load of made an aerial 8 (AP)—refugees getaway from 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 made a surprise landing here Tues- day night, were in the escape plot. Three others said they want to go back to Hungary "We fled from constant Communist terror," said Capt Janos Majoros, the pilot. ' -A passenger .telling of life in Hungary said: "Every noise at night, tbe ring of a doorbell, gave you panicky fear. , You .never knew if it was hot the police.' Tachikawa Holds TIE Talk Series : TACHIKAWA AFB, Jan 4 1C—Saturday, the Tachikawa In formation and Education sec tion started a series of weekly talks for personnel of Tachi kfiwa, it was announced todajby Capt. Robert M. Dial, TIE officer at Tacbikawa.The programs are of loca interest and on current events Under existing regulations anpolicies of the Air Force, I&E discussion period will not b used for VD lectures or fo talks by tbe chaplain but wilbe devoted exclusively to in formation and education ma terial. look Reviews Navigators Get Refresher Class At Tachikawa TACHIKAWA AFB. Jan. 10A brain driving, intensified navigation course, aimed at bringing newly-recalled navi-gators up to their former pro- ficiency peaks in all their diversified methods of '"'gettingthere and back," is presently refreshing its second class of students at this station.In the Fifth Air Force Navi- gation Refresher Training School, as the project is known, the students fly the regularly-scheduled courier flights that fan out from this base to allcorners of the Far Ea'st to re- gain their skills in all weatherand flying conditions, under the 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 ago were confining their naviga- tion to reading road sigback home, are now beii checked out as competent. The complications of navi- gation, which the officers ori- ginally learned hi courses ofup to six have been weeks boiled duration down to REPORTERA 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 my railway coupon book more care-lully. or watch the Stars and Stripes, but I just missed it. Afterall, I paid $5 for the book. Why can't I get a refund? Do youmean to say it's tough .luck for me and 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 clear up one very important point first.That point being your question about the PX making "all thatmoney." ,Not one cent taken in on railway coupon 'books is .usedby, or for the Post Exchange. The PX 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 than a financial hazard and an admin-istrative burden .to. the - PX in- asmuch as it is responsible for:he accounting and monetary value nvolved. Further, the policies con-cerning refund, or redemption of railway coupon books are not made>y the PX. Now, as is the general practice with all coupon , books,•ailway tickets, etc., and in order ;o maintain a proper control overtheir issuance, they become invalid periodically. The books themselvesshow an expiration date and' sev- eral notices are published prior toLhat. expiration warning all holders to-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. After that—as you point out—it's appar-ently tough luck. practical essentials by a faculty appointed by Col Francis D. Shoemaker, com- manding officer of the 6146th Station group.On the ground, practical outlines and exercises are emphasized in such phases ascelestial navigation, loran, deac eckoning and newer techni-ues. The course includes a eview from the basic usesf the E6B computer to feather and polar navigation dentations. In the air, the. officers applyleir lessons on long flights to Corea, Guam, Okinawa anc he Philippines. Within two •eeks after reporting, most ollem from inactive duty, the avigators are back in 'the airgain, calculating loran and elestial fixes. Some of themever having used either method since cadet days asmany as six years ago. In some ases, they are depending onechniques in which they were ever previously schooled. Japan-Korea Ferry Service Stopped YOKOHAMA, Jan. 10—The Third TMRS announced today that, with the arrival January 8, of the USAT Shiga, that allferry service between Hakata- ko, Japan and Pusan, Korea was discontinued. 'Double Eagle* ScoredTACHIKAWA AFB, Jan. 10 —A double eagle, more rare than a hole-in-one, was scored at the Koganei Golf Course recently by Lt. CoL C. M Myrick, G-2, GHQ. Ex-POWs Reminisce (USAF Photo S/Sgt. William H. Ieen scheduled to leave for the Fourth Replacement Depot and re-urn to the U.S. for discharge rom the service: Sergeants MaxA. Fanning, Ollie E. Houchin, Hi- hard E. Parke and Frank D.Hamirez; Corporals Olen Edwards, .eland L. Baker, Charles Kohuskv,Robert C. Raya and Pvt. James F. mith. All are from Headquartersand Base squadron. * * * From -he 13th Air Supply squad-ron, T/ Clyde M. Thompson, Cpl. Harold Brice, Pfc DeadrickHarris. Cpl. William J. Robertson, Pfc Arthur Price and Pvt. RobertA. Goodrich have been ordered to report to the Fourth ReplacementDepot for return to the United. States. Cpl. Wallace D. Burchett, Pvt.John L. Gibson, Cpl. Emil C. Locker Pfc Herbert G. Herman and PfcWillie F. Cornelius, all of JAMA are being reassigned to the FourthReplacement Depot for return to the United States and subsequentdischarge from the Army. * * * The following men have been as-signed to the 25th Infantry Divi- ion: Ret. Kenneth C. Jones. RetJack Licalsi, Ret. Clyde B. Broom Ret. Clyde Thomas Jr.. Pvt. Ki SeeYoon, Ret. Masashi Kamiya. Pvt Jack J. Kirkland, Pfc Stanley MDonner. Pfc Harold E. Neubold, Pvt. David F. Fowler, Pfc BerryJ. Fowler, Pvt. Douglas R. Yeaman Pvt. Walter E. Young. Sgt. JackWard, Sgt. Elmar M. Loven. Pvt James A. Farquhar, Ret. Oscar JCohen, Pvt. Johnnie F. Perry, CWO Cruce L. Adams. M/Sgt. George CPistonl, Pfc Ernest G. Bowman, Pvt. Frank J. Tober.* » s Pvt. Satoru Horibe has been as-signed to Kochi Military Govern- ment. * * * Pvt. Robert W. Vanusdle has beenassigned to the Ishikawu Military Government team.A * * Lt. Patrick N. Kelly has been as-signed to the 24th Infantry Regi- ment. « s e Ret. Everett L. Miller has beenassigned to. the 27th Infantry Re- giment. a * a At Osaka, Ret. Calvin R. Vincennas recently been assigned to thi 35th Infantry Regiment in Otsu.* *» * Sgt. 1/c Bernard H. Carney hasbeen assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment. * * * Recruits Donald W. Gillis. JunioiR. Hunt. Ray Leyva, Thomas A Myers and Jose E. Romero haviarrived at the 25th Infantry Divi sion from the Fourth ReplacemenDepot and have been assigned t the 27th Infantry Regiment.* e e Sergeants Durwin J. Cox, ClydeU. Brown and Frederick E. Morri son have recently been assignetto the 35th Infantry Regiment. c e * Recruits Henry C. BennetlBaleigh D. Decoran, James N. Funk and Edward A. Sktrone have beenassigned to the 25th Division artil lery in uSTara.» * * M'Sgt. Donald Johnson has beenassigned to the 25th Division am" is now on duty with the Finanooffice. <». * « * •f^'s--- Ret. Bobby J. Long has been defailed to the 65th Engineer batta Two Japanese, hiding out on Iwo Jima, were free of a cave fugitive existence today after laboriously spelling out > a ten-day old story in Stars and Stripes that American troops were celebrating their third Christmas in Tokyo. The two Japanese, dressed in American uniforms, sur- rendered Thursday to five air- men after nearly four years of hiding in a cave on Iwa Tima. Through an interpreter itwas learned that they arrived n Iwo Jima before the inva-ion in February 1945, and ince that time have lived incaves. They secured food and clothing through nocturnal First Corps To Hear Four Keys KYOTO, Jan. 10—The FouriCeys of Harmony, winners of the FEC Barbershop Quartet contest, will be presented tomembers of the First Corps until January 22, it was an- nounced recently by the En-tertainment section of the First Special Services section. The quartet will appear at,he 24th Infantry Division from today through January18; 25th Infantry Division January 23-29; 636th OrdnanceAmmunition company, January 19th, 35th Medical Station Hos-pital, January 20th, the Kyoto- cabana Service Club January 21, Camp Fisher Service Club,January 22 and at the Stateside theater, Kyoto, January 22. Kokura Race Track Opens 1949 Season ASHIYA AFB, Jan. 10—The Kokura Race track has offi- cially opened the 1949 season and Ashiya Air Force Base airmen will be able to watch the ponies run each Sunday afternoon on a sponsored trip by Mustang Manor.Thirty yen is all it takes to get in the reserved section for Occupation personnel, a spe-cial booth is available for bet- ting with a 100 yen bet perrace the limit. A special bus departs from Ashiya's beautiful service club Mustang Manor, for the track at 11 a.m. each Sunday and returns upon completion of the eight races on the days card. ; .... . lion, 25th Division.* * * Lt. Robert V. Calvert has recent-ly been placed on TDY with ATIS GHQ, for a period of 30 days.* * * Pvt. Ivan C. Lankford has beenassigned to the 25th Infantry Divi sion band. 35 * * Lt. Phillip E. Teague has beenassigned to the 24th Infantry Re- giment. trips about the island.No substantiation of their story other than their own ;estimony is available. Theirniding area clearly indicated a long period of habitation andtheir cave was well-stocked with food and clothing. Their American clothing consisted of fatigues, sweaters and shoes. No arms or wea- pons were found in their cave, which contained canned foods and extra clothing such as', shoes, coats and shirts. They slept, with sheets, on two U.S.Army cots. Other items in the cave included canteen cups, tools, razor blades, tooth brushes, flashlights, cooking utensils and sewing kits.The cave had not previous- ly been located. This was corroborated by testimony of the prisoners, who had lost all track of passage of time. They slept in the daytime and ventured out only at night to forage food, water and cloth- ing. They cooked in the cave during the night. The prison- ers were clean and had kept each others hair trimmed. They testified that they had been machine gunners in the Japanese Navy. Approximate- ly 10 days before surrender- Ing they found fragments of a Stars and Stripes newspaper which indicated that U.S. forces were celebrating Christ-mas in Japan. This was first realization that war was over. Thermometer* Tells Polio Fund Progress TACHIKAWA AFB, Jan. 10—A "thermometer" indicator, registering daily contributions to the March of Dimes anti- polio drive has been erectedhere so personnel may tell at a glance how the Tachikawadrive is progressing. LTL ABNER Blondie CAGWOOPWILU YOU WIPE THE CXSMES FOPME WHILE I FIMISH MVIRONING? TERRY TNBn «tVIJN A M6«M«» MWOUNAruetft ooeomsim WILL FUlMt K UMtfUAKBW—BVIPStfTLVui* TRIAL CCCOEP OP TUB HFTU COLUMft mVAKCP M ANTKIPXnO* OF ;