Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jan 28 1983, Page 19

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 28, 1983, Tokyo, Japan 20 Pacific stars and stripes january 1w3 near the fabled Bridge of brocade Sash the old Zero hangar at Iwakuni Marine corps air a slow train ride from is a battered but Graceful fold of chipped by strafing bursts and filled with folding bar castoffs cur anything the military clubs on base declare surplus Are stored in this broken nest for what was once the most formidable fighter in the its still Here because the Marine the most Thrifty of All Seldom throws away any sturdy roof or useful tract of space and the Zero shelter is one of the very very old things that will survive a condition one typhoon of All Over antique quonset and loosest theseas Nissen huts have fallen in a carefully planned natural disaster the overdue death of old nobody mourned the passing of a Block of which followed americans out of Thailand and were the last buildings from a Long time on a base that was always spotlessly there were no complaints about unsightly piles of litter the remains of structures pulled apart like unwanted toys in the hands of a destructive splintered beam and twisted As if Superman had been stricken with phone Booth Claustrophobia and ran no petitions were passed or demonstrations marshalled to save other shabby relics on condemned at Long the base is banishing its image As a Sleazy carnival full of Iron tents 40 bivouac in search of a besides the efficient destruction of the much of the new has already risen quarters for officers and enlisted there nothing that would put the Hilton hotel or Howard Johnsons out of but Are attractive and Navy Chriss assistant facilities officer and a Seabee for 16 knew Iwakuni by reputation before he got years and every gloomy expectation came i was kind of shocked at How drab it looked and knowing it was going to be a permanent sailing he saw his surroundings As an intimidating with his first maintenance he took a million Upkeep budget and began the most drastic kind of maintenance pulling old buildings out like Rotten but sailing stresses that most of the tear Down and build is being paid for by the japanese government about million Over two japanese workmen Are filling the base with ceaseless and sailing praises them As haunches up if somewhat sailing this Courtesy of the Host is most Welcome particularly in the old housing full of tumbledown trailer Homes that were always a tribute to human adaptability under corps thinking has a far notion from the Days marines took Pride in Robert corps believes that families overseas Are a double Tours and better stability of morale and go is discomfort and were Best off As professional bachelors married to their Robert corps believes that families overseas Are a double plus longer Tours and better stability of morale and and sailing those old trailer Antiques have no rustic Charm at there to be replaced by 88 townhouses and two six Story each of which will comfortably fit 48 he glows with civic Pride Over a base would have formerly rated none at All the generals and colonels that have been through Here before and Are coming Back on their third and fourth visits Are no Rose Garden is being planted at sailing adds but there will be decently adequate quarters and the corps will remain the some of those old timers might feel a tug of nostalgia for things As they if nothing those shabby shells and drab interiors always inspired people to turn their Best Effort toward dressing things when the old dental clinic what amounts to a National treasure at Iwakuni will taken out whole and nailed up in the new a fantastic and colourful tangle of snarling Samurai and simpering japanese idols and Temple painted by Seaman Edward Vytal in a dental technician who had been a commercial got tired of looking at Bare he went to his leading and murals materialized the images Are a frequent Comfort to Petty officer third class Charlene who keeps records at the closely medical clinic and often seen in a dentists husband a dental makes sure Shes never a Day late for a periodic Iwakuni is full of Antiques from another the old Zero hangar now used As a warehouse a landmark As familiar As a Park statue in a Small the old Multi Span Bridge beneath a Castle is not far a time off attraction for the Fosters in the dental clinic or the Sharpes in the medical Navy families abound for swinging there is the mechanical Bull that fled a Corral in

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