United States Army 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team returns to Japan from Korea and is welcomed by City of Beppu, Oita
Beppu Oita Kyushu Japan Date:1951 Duration:5 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
American troops in trench in Korea. American tank on street in Germany. American Ski troops in Alaska. Amphibian assault training in Puerto Rico. Rotating Globe shows: U.S. Army on alert to defend against aggression. Sergeant Stuart states that U.S. Army has come to Japan to know their culture and make friends after war and occupation. U.S. Army troops, of 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, returning by train to their base near Beppu,Oita on Island of Kyushu, Japan. They receive a warm welcome from Japanese population. Banner reads:" Welcome Pala Troop comin back from Korea, City of Beppu."[sic] Women holding flowers and families with small children waving American and Japanese flags, welcome them on the train station. A sign over the train station platform reads: "Welcome 187 Para Troop Coming Back From Korea, City of Beppu." The troops stand in formation on the platform while the unit's officers receive the flowers from the women. Japanese men in fraternal uniforms and the general population all join in the welcoming ceremonies. The troops march off the train station under another sign reading: Welcome Home 187 RCT." and march down the main street of Beppu under a swirl of paper confetti. contrasting scene of U.S. troops marching behind Japanese police to occupy Japan, in 1945, amidst the aftermath of suffering and destruction of the war.The local population watching worriedly. Scenes of postwar destruction in Japan.Two children in Japan. Communists engage in violent demonstration against America in Japan. They burn motor cars. Japanese firemen put out the fires. Tractors remove the debris.
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