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Old 01-02-2008, 02:36 PM
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Talking MCAF Futema, Okinawa...

...was commissioned on this day (2 Jan) in 1960 under command of Col. L.S. Reeve.

It was my first duty station: MAG-16, Marine Air Base Squadron-16, Utilities Platoon. MCAF, Futema (we spelled it without the extra "n" in those days) was dedicated on May 7, 1960.

MAG-16 was the first operational Marine Corps unit to operate out of Futema. Mag-16 was one of three Marine helicopter air groups in Marine Aviation at the time. It consisted of MATCU-67, H&MS-16, MABS-16, HMR-162, HMR-163, and VMO-2. HMR-162 and HMR-163 flew Sikorsky HUS (Seahorse) medium helicopters, and VMO-2 flew the Kaman HOK helicopter and OE fixed wing light observation aircraft. H&MS-16 had an assortment of Beechcraft and R4D aircraft. MABS-16 Utilities Platoon "flew" an assortment of hammers, hand tools, and jack hammers. MAG-16 was part of the 1st Marine Air Wing.

We landed on Okinawa April 1, 1960 and were housed down the road at an old US Army Hospital, Camp Mercy, until the Seabees finished up construction of the barracks. We moved to Futema about May, 1960. As a Combat Engineer, I was TAD to the Seabees for the next ten months or so finishing up construction of the base.



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Old 01-02-2008, 03:25 PM
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Was stationed just down the road

at Camp Sukeran from 1965 until 1968.

Small world..ha
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Futema

Your message was interesting. I was in Oki. 58-59 at that time Futema was off limits, we had to sneak into it.
Also I was at Camp Mercy for a few mos. for schooling, It was a strange place a bunch of Quanset huts connected by enclosed walkways. It was something like you had seen in an old war movie. Also Recon was there at that time.
I was in Shore Party Camp Koza, which is near BC, then we were moved to Camp McTouris, Which is now incorperated into Camp Butler.
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How much ya wonna bet...

BC street and the bar's ain't the same as they were back in the early 60's. Anyone remember the old saying to CATCH a house.

Does anyone remember the name of the town/city that was only for the African American's? I remember being told to stay the hell out of that area as a white Marine. Back then white, black, or hispanic meant nothing.
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Talking Not Familiar with "CATCH...

a house." Is it similar to "Getting a RANCH?" Back in my day, "getting a ranch" meant shacking up with some neisan in your own rented house. A situation much sought after.

That pretty much disappeared when the new Army Commander of Okinawa came in and declared Cinderella Liberty for the island (all Military personal off the streets and on base by midnight). I ceased my house hunting that week. Just as well, we deployed to SE Asia a month or two later.

I don't remember the name of the town that the Dark-Green Marines went to all the time. But it was just north of BC Street/Koza. I remember..ahem...transacting some business with a bar girl that led me to the area. The Military Police took one look at my Lily white face as I got out of a taxi and told me to get back in and get the hell out of town. The neisan lost a customer that night (sigh) .

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Your correct...

when I first arrived on the rock (June 1965)I was told the saying was catch a house, and your correct in your discription. In my case the naison had the house. It cost me $12.00 a month and I had to cover the food and propane fro the house.This must have been sometime around lat 1966 ot early 67.

You are also correct as to the Cinderella liberty, I can't remember if they gave us all night liberty until 0500 the next morning some time between the dates listed above.

It wasn't until 1968 that they gave us weekend passes.
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Four Corners

The name of the area that blacks went on liberty, it was called four corners. Don't know what town it was.
When I was at Camp Koza it was great, it was only a few hunded feet from BC.
From our Quonset hut you could see the Pacific, turn around and You could see South China Sea.
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FOR ME 61 WAS CAMP SWABE OKI.
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