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Main Gate at Camp Hague, Okinawa

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Camp Hauge Main Gate, 3rd Mar Div

This is the main gate to Camp Hague, Okinawa in 1957... While serving with K/4/12th Marines 3rd Marine Div. in a 155 Btry. I passed through that gate many times coming from and going to BC Koza...The best I can remember bus fare to BC was 7 yen, and cab fare not much more....

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  1. Kent Mitchell July 21 2013, 12:34 pm

    Small as Okinawa is, I’ve never darkened the gates of Camp Hague. But most guys at Camp Hague probably have no idea where Camp Bishagawa (temporary home of 2/9) was, either. We moved from there to Sukiran. This was in ‘57-‘58.

    Semper Fi

  2. William Henson July 21 2013, 8:43 pm

    Was in kilo Battery 4/12 in V. N. in ‘67/‘68. In Mike Battery 4/12 in ‘71/‘72.

  3. charles weemes August 10 2013, 3:22 am

    Kent Mitchell… I heard of Bishagawa but I remember it as being a ville.  I was in CommCo at the end of Hagues only street.  I spent part of 1958 and nearly all of 1959 there (Nov).  Our messhall was directly across the street and GnySgt Humphrey fed us well.  Never a bad meal.  We went over to Camp Kinser where HQ 3DMarDiv was and ran the cw nets with the regiments (9th, 7th, 5th and 12th if my memory is working)  My call sign was YL2. The CG was David M. Shoup.  My cw instructor was Cpl Kearney at DivSchools Camp Mercy.  About 4 or 7 weeks into our instruction he came in, in dress greens with Gunnery Sgt stripes, a sleeve full of hash marks and a chest full of ribbons.  I was a Pvt so I wasn’t in on the explanation about him… Hey! 

    Semper Fi
    Charles H. “Chick” Weemes
    ‘58-‘62 (MCAS El Toro Mag15, Mabs15 last 2 years) 
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  4. Richard Szabo December 17 2013, 5:52 pm

    I was there in ‘57-‘58, H&S Batt, 1st Bn, 12th Marines.  Passed through that gate almost daily coming back from New Koza.  I remember super typhoon Faye that almost blew the base away.  The Tank Bn lived in tents.  Had to move in with us during the typhoon.  Kind of crowded in our huts. 

    As the Bn legal clerk I made many trips into the infamous brig where the guys usually came out in much worse condition than when they went in.

    I remember stopping off for “pork fried rice” to bring in from liberty.  Eating the rice and then getting our penicillin tablets before going to bed.  One night we found our favorite place to get our take home food had been closed for serving dog meat.  I have no idea how much dog I ate while I was stationed there.

    Oh well, it was a great experience anyway.

    Cpl (E3) Richard Szabo

  5. December 24 2013, 10:05 pm

    Hey Richard….

    You about had to have known one of the best Marines I ever ran across in the Corps… MST SGT. RICHARD ” BIG RED ” EBERT… I had just turned 17 when I found myself in H&S Batt. with Big Red as my Gunny… A few months later I was sent to K/4/12 155 Btry… This was April ‘57 to Sept. ‘58…

  6. Richard Szabo December 26 2013, 5:08 pm

    I can’t remember guy.  Its been more than fifty years. I remember several senior NCOs, all WWII and Korea vets, but I can’t remember their names. 

    Here’s a story for you.  My unit shipped out, I believe to the Philippines for Operation Strongback and I was left back in the rear echelon to secure the legal files.  We joined up with the unit a couple of weeks later.  Nine of us under a staff sgt who was a stone alcoholic. He was the acting C.O.  One night he had the duty driver take him to Sukiran to the NCO club.  The driver went to the E club.  He came out drunk, got into “our” jeep and drove back to Camp Hague leaving the driver behind.  Somehow he smuggled a whore in along with a bottle of booze.  When he walked into the Bn Office, where I had moved my cot in, he took the whore into the C.O.‘s office.  I asked him where the driver was and he told me he left him at Sukiran.  I went outside and looked at the jeep which wasn’t ours.  It belonged to the Regimental Sgt Major.  When I gave him the bad news that he had stolen the jeep, he handed me the keys and told me to start driving south and don’t stop until I reached Naha.  Of course I told him no way was I going to drive that jeep.  While we were arguing the place was lit up by the lights of jeeps and cars driven by MPs.  They came in and arrested the Staff Sgt and took him away in handcuffs, without the whore.  I went into the office and found her curled up under the C.O.‘s desk.  She begged me to get her off the base, but I just kicked her out of the office and told her she was on her own.  Never saw her again.  The Staff Sgt got busted, but that was not unusual for him.  He didn’t do any brig time.  He had served during the war with the Sgt Maj and probably some of the senior officers.

    The driver finally came in with our jeep after searching for our Staff Sgt for a couple of hours.

    I don’t think I was on Okinawa for more than 3 mos at a stretch.  We were mobilized and sent to Hong Kong for “R&R” once and in Dec ‘57 we were sent to the South China Sea just north of Indonesia where we sailed around in circles for a month in an LST because of a threat there to overthrow the govt, then we went to the Philippines for Operation Strongback.  We were gone from Okinawa for 6 mos on that one.

    Great memories.

  7. December 27 2013, 10:38 am

    Richard…I remember very well when Marines were sent to Indonesia in late ‘57…I was with a 155 battery and we didn’t go, but a buddy of mine in the 105’s did go…He told me how they sailed in a 60 mile circle for 30 days waiting for word to go in…Then Eisenhower got it settled and the Marines returned to Okinawa….My unit K/4/12 also was part of Operation Strongback in the Philippines….It sounds like our experiences were pretty much the same, and the characters we ran across were par for the course…I know I loved the island, the liberty, and the pretty girls at Ishakawa Beach and ice cold San Miguel beer… Great Memories from a great time in the Corps….

  8. Kent Mitchell December 28 2013, 12:05 pm

    We were part of that Indonesia operation, too… well, sorta. They had us combat-loading APAs to move the 9th Marines when the order came to stand down. So, we had to unload. Nothing new for 2/9 or Weapons Company.  Strongback was an interesting op. Big thing I recall was passing through villes and all the inhabitants lining the roadside and giving us the V for Victory sign, just like WWII. One other thing—when we hit the beach, the op came to a halt while us invading Marines bought soft drinks and balisong knives. Filipinos had set up shop in the sand with card tables for counters and beach umbrellas overhead. Only time invading Marines were ever stopped cold at a Pacific beachhead.

  9. January 02 2014, 12:27 pm

    Hey Kent… Good to hear from you… Yeah Operation Strongback was a real experience… I missed out on the soft drinks on the beach, but a small group of us guys while on patrol did come upon a village that was roasting a hog on the spit… They were glad to see us and fed us a great meal before we moved on… The day we were to ship out back to Okinawa I remember we were given a choice… We could be transported to the beach, or we could march… Why we chose to march I’m not sure, but we whistled every step of the way to the theme of the Bridge on the River Kwi… I too remember the Filipinos lining the sides of the roads giving the Victory sign… I had a pet monkey that came out of the jungle one night and stayed with me the whole time, It stole everything it could get it’s hands on and brought it back to my tent… I had a big collection of mess gear, zippo lighters, packs of cigarettes… Anytime the guys came up missing something they came to me to see if my little buddy had paid them a visit… I loved the Corps and the places it took me…

  10. Jim Welch February 10 2014, 12:33 pm

    I remember we H.Co-3Bn.-9Th.reg-3rd Div. commanded by Capt. G.H. Holmes left South Camp Fuji, Japan for Okinawa in 1957 where we were located in a newly constructed tent camp and I thought the name of the camp was Hansen across the highway from camp Hague. We then departed for Operation Strongback in the Philippines and I also remember the reception we received when we landed on the beach. I also took the long march back to the ship about 6 days later. HOT!! We then returned to Okinawa where we were stationed at Sukiran, nice barracks after all the mud at Hansen. Will never forget our Company commander, Capt Holmes a true Marine.

  11. John Brennan March 03 2014, 3:05 pm

    Camp Hauge in 1974

  12. john Fern March 06 2014, 5:47 pm

    Spent 2 tours in Oki.  First one at camp Hauge in Mike -4-12 Hq. Company that was from Sept. ‘60 to Oct. ‘61 first set eyes on Mst. Sgt. big red Ebert. scared the pants off me, as big a mountain with a voice to match. Loved to humiliate new men who fell in love with a prostitute after dipping his wick in town. Rotated to states in ‘61 to Lejeune and was able to get transferred back to the Rock in May ‘62, by this time the 12th had moved to Sukiran was assigned to HQ Battalion 12th marines and again served with big red, would listen to his stories as he talked to other salty vets of WW2 and Korea in the fire control tent. He was geared up for the war in Vietnam that everyone knew was coming by the end of ‘63. A Marine’s Marine if there ever was such an animal. Of all non coms, I knew in the Corps I remember him best. Anyone remember the little town of Chibana?

  13. March 17 2014, 9:38 am

    Hey John Fern… Good to hear from you… Sounds like you and I traveled over some of the same ground…Glad to hear you confirm the Big Red Ebert I remember… I always believed if you looked up the word Marine in the dictionary, you’d find Big Red’s picture beside the definition… I’ve done a lot of research on Big Red over the years… Yes he did make it to Vietnam… He served his last duty station with the Purple Foxe’s Helicopter Search and Rescue C-46 Squadron in Vietnam… His Helicopter pilot wrote me and said Big Red was his gunner and was always volunteering for the most dangerous missions… He said even he was scared to death of Big Red, But was a great Marine… He retired in 1971 and moved to the Clear water Fla. area… I believe he passed away in 1995… Was Chibana just outside of Camp Hauge???  If so I remember it well…

  14. john Fern March 21 2014, 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the follow up on Big Red, must have been hard for him to leave the Corps. He tested his survival to the limit with 3 wars. I can’t imagine him as a civilian. There was a running joke among those of us who knew him (can you imagine Red saying I love you to a woman) we would crack up thinking about it.Yes Chibana was the town right outside the base at Hauge.

  15. pintloch April 23 2014, 5:55 pm

    Here is my story of Camp Hauge. Arrived there 12/59. Hdq/4/12 Big Red was our First Sgt. He tore my liberty card up one time saying ” It will be a while before you see the main gate’ 2 weeks later it was in the box. Greatest Marine he took care things his own way and once it was over you would be back in good graces. I think he own a bar some place and his girl friend ran it? Greatest duty station in the world OKINAWA. Fuji three times and Korea once. Richard Big Red Ebert join the Marines in 1941 retired 1971 went back to Pa and cared for his Mother. I met him at a Mike 4/12 reunion 2001 and he died the next year or one after that. Corpman Bishop was a friend of Red’s and he was at several more reunions. I left Camp Hague Feb 1961.

  16. pintloch April 23 2014, 5:58 pm

    One more thing I was Mayor of Chibana Ha Ha!

  17. john Fern April 24 2014, 4:50 pm

    We were at the same place at the same time, must have known each other. You are confused, I was the mayor of Chibana at that time. I posted a pic of Big Red Ebert that was taken at Fuji the end of ‘60.

  18. Richard Szabo April 25 2014, 4:47 pm

    I guess I’m getting old.  I don’t remember the name Chibana at all.  I don’t know where I got it from, but I thought Camp Hague was near a village called Napunja. 

    I always went to New Koza for liberty.

  19. pintloch April 25 2014, 5:50 pm

    Hey John I was with Hdq/4thbn/12th Marines. And then transferred to M/4/12. I don’t know if it is legal but my phone no. 9522972395, Mn.

  20. pintloch April 30 2014, 6:58 pm

    The first time I went to Fuji was in Jan. and Feb. of 1960. Big Red had went to the Catholic orphanage that the 12th Marines had sponsored back in the 50’s. It was pretty run down so when we got back to Camp Hauge there at the end of the pay line was Ebert with his hand out. Well everyone gave a buck or two. The next time we went to Fuji we took a lot of supplies up and helped build the buildings back so they could be used. Lets hear some more stories about the Big Red Head. I worked in the 4/12 motor pool while on Okinawa. Marvin and Bud Gillispie were buddies along with Robert Hall.

  21. May 06 2014, 9:41 am

    Here’s a story about Big Red Ebert… When I first got to Okinawa in April of 1957 I was temporally assigned to Hg 4/12 before going over to K/4/12… I had just turned 17 when I found myself face to face with Big Red and thought sure I’ll never survive this… Big Red always blew reveille with his personal bugle every morning, started our PT off with 100 push-ups before we began the regular routine. Every Monday night he lead us on a 20 mile hike around the island, while all back through the column young guys were falling out, Big Red never slowed his pace despite a large scar on his leg from a combat injury he had received in WW II… One night after returning back to base after one of our 20 mile marches I was in the head taking a shower, when in walked Big Red… If you knew him you’d know he wasn’t much for idle conversation, and the sound of his foghorn voice could scare you to death, but he dropped his towel to get his shower when I saw the large purple scar on his thigh… I couldn’t resist asking him about the scar… I said Sgt. Ebert what happened to cause such a scar on your leg ? Without out even looking up he just said “caught some shrapnel”. In his 30 years of service he had fought in three wars and was a Marine Corps legend to any and all who found themselves in his presence… Thank Sgt Ebert for the training.

  22. john Fern May 06 2014, 6:56 pm

    Pintloch, Were you in HQ, co. or Mike battery in Sept. ‘60 ?  I was in Hq.co. but had lots of buddies in Mike. Do you remember a kid named Savage? Also Cabala, and Quick? He was the heavy equipment driver for Battalion. If you remember any of the guys, post their names, maybe I knew them. How about Cecil Deboard the kid from Ky? Look at the Pic. I posted under Camp Hauge in stories. I do have a story about big Red, I will post it. Will also call the No, I have a pic. of the Catholic Orphanage with Big Red in it. on that 2nd trip you made.

  23. john Fern May 11 2014, 11:53 am

    Pintloch . Here is one of my run-ins with the big red head, In late ‘63 on my second tour on the Rock I was a salty L/Cpl. and getting short. Anyway a 2nd Lt. right out of Quantico walked by me and I offered no salute, he flaked out and chewed me out up one side and down. I thought that was it, but no he reported me to the Sgt. Major who of course was big red Ebert. I got another tongue lashing and he had me write 1000 times (I will salute all officers at all times and when in doubt I will salute.)  Each one numbered and have it in his hands by the morning. I will never forget that night I spent writing, and the soreness I had in my hand. He handled things his way and they were very effective.

  24. pintloch August 20 2014, 6:49 pm

    Where are all the Marines that were station on Camp Hauge Okinawa? lets get this website going and see how many Marines we can contact that might have been there with us. It has only been 55 years ago for me Late ‘59 all of ‘60 and part of ‘61. Semper Fi and remember Always faithful!

  25. August 22 2014, 9:43 am

    Pintloch… A Camp Hauge website sounds great to me… I’ve tried for several years to connect with brothers, but haven’t had a lot of luck… Maybe I’m not looking in the right places… It’s been 57 years for me and I remember it like yesterday… Semper Fi to all and God Bless those who have passed on….

  26. Jack Henchy September 27 2014, 4:39 pm

    Served in Camp Hauge twice. Arrived first in June 1957 and the second time in early 1959. Both times I was assigned to Comm. Co. Radio Relay Plt. I to remember spending Christmas, some were near North Borneo. I also remember spending a lot of time at the EM club at Kadena! Who could forget New Koza. I thought I’d forgotten a lot of this stuff but reading this stuff is bring it all back.

  27. John Fuller December 06 2014, 7:54 am

    I was a Sergeant stationed there in 74-75.  A lot of memories!

  28. Ron Kimball December 06 2014, 12:25 pm

    I served in Camp Hague from June 1964 until we left to go on our wonderful tour of South Vietnam in June 1965.  From reading the above stories, Camp Hauge must have made some changes.  I was a LCpl when I checked in the G-2 Photo Imagery Interpretation Unit.  I, like most of us was billeted in a Quonset Hut.  The main difference is that my Quonset Hut was the same as the SNCO’s which meant I, along with the rest of the unit got 1/2 of the hut to myself.  We also had our local Nasons(sp?) to take care of our uniforms and footwear.  Additionally, we were given permanent liberty cards that allowed us to stay on liberty overnight.  A few of you mentioned Chibana.  That is where I established my ranch.  Some of the guys one night put up a sign that read The Ponderosa.  I have many fond memories of my time at Camp Hauge.

  29. pintloch December 26 2014, 1:01 pm

    Ron Kimball,
    We had our Quonset Huts just off the motor pool. We went to Mt Fuji 3 times and once to Korea. It was nice to get off the rock but was good to be back there also. I have a couple posting that tells my story. I was hoping we could get more people telling their stories. Haven’t run into any one I knew.

  30. Joseph Luise March 12 2015, 9:20 am

    Was on the ROCK ‘59’-60 LBat, 12th Marines 105MM Howitzers. Camp Hague had some good time there. Went to Fuji 2 times. Hope that some Marines remember me they called me MOTOR MOUTH. Semper Fi.

  31. Ron Kimball March 17 2015, 12:41 pm

    Does anyone remember the Gedunk on Hague?

  32. Ted Kozak March 31 2015, 8:56 pm

    I was with a communications unit at Camp Hauge in 1959-1960. Our comm. shack was at the back of the camp near the motor pool. We used a hill composed of lava rock located directly across our quonset hut to install our radio antennas. Legendary Sgt. Ebert transferred in when I had been there almost a year and started a tradition of waking us up for p.t. every workday. Ebert had a very short role in the movie “Battle Cry” where he berates Huxley’s Marines for arriving on a Pacific Island long after the battle had been fought. The movie played on Okinawa when I was there and my entire unit went to see it.

    For a period of three months, my unit was selected to act as the formal honor guard for visiting dignitaries on Okinawa. We spent the three months practicing drills and shining boots and belt buckles. We participated in several honor guards for visiting dignitaries. Our uniform consisted of fatigues and camouflage helmets, and we carried the short back pack, the idea being we were combat ready. Our sergeant taught us a lot of tricks with the rifle to keep us from getting bored, such throwing the rifle in the air and catching it, etc., and when we mastered the new trick, we marched to the 3rd Division Headquarters and showed off what we could do to the staff.

    During my time there, we had R&R on Wednesday afternoons at Ishikawa beach. One Wednesday, we heard explosions across the bay and saw a large force of Marines attacking a beach. They were filming “Hell to Eternity” with Jeffrey Hunter playing the role of Guy Gabaldon. They actually shot the scenes where Gabaldon reports for duty to his new company at Ishikawa Beach. They also shot a street scene in Koza where Hunter went on liberty (supposedly in the Philippines) with Vic Damone and David Janssen. A taxi cab driver who picked them up was played by a serviceman in the Air Force who was a favorite D.J. on Armed Forces radio on Okinawa.

    My most pleasant experience on Okinawa was when the entire division was turned out to line the roads for a visit by President Eisenhower to Okinawa.

    I liked Okinawa and had a great time there. I visited the island twice with my wife in 2012 and 2014 and tried to find Camp Hauge. The entire area was built up and I could not locate where the camp was.

    Koza, now called Okinawa City, looks really different and I could not even recognize the places I used to hang out in Naha. The island is one string of shopping mall all the way past Yomitan. But when you get to Moon Beach, the island opens up and there are several semi-luxury hotels that are not terribly expensive. It is a great place to visit (beer and food are excellent and not expensive) and I intend to go back.

  33. pintloch April 02 2015, 6:36 pm

    Ted Kozak, I was at Camp Hauge from 12/5/59 to 3/18/61. I remember Red Ebert well. I was with Hdq Btry and Mike Btry. Yup Big Red would have us up early and running and counting cadence so the rest of Camp Hauge would wake up! I worked in the motor pool and made 3 trips to Camp Fuji Japan and one to Korea. I did meet Red Ebert at a Mike Btry reunion in 2001 and he passed away about a year later. He was John Wayne to me. You can see some of my posting on this site. Thanks

  34. Joseph Luise April 03 2015, 5:57 pm

    Was there for President Eisenhower, had to drive CO’s Jeep in the parade, we all got a 48hr pass for this.  Was some really good times on the rock. Went to Kadena Air Base so we could see some round eyes girls mostly Airmen wives or kids.  Also the chow was good there. So Ted you were the guys that woke us up everyday.  Thanks… Good to hear from some one that was there when I was.  Semper Fi.

  35. April 03 2015, 6:15 pm

    Hey Ted Kozak… Thanks for the update on old Camp Hauge and the island itself… I’ve often wondered over the past 58 years what happened to the base… Sad to hear the old base has disappeared… but I’m sure it remains in the hearts of a lot of old Jar Heads out there… My time was 57/58 with K/4/12th Marines in a 155 Btry… and a short time in Red Eberts Hdq 4/12… It seems like any conversation about Camp Hauge has to include Big Red Ebert… To me he was what all Marines who knew him tried to measure up to… Semper Fi

  36. Jack Constable April 09 2015, 10:15 pm

    May ‘55 I was transferred to Okinawa from South Camp Fuji, Japan and was assigned to 3rd Engineers located at Tengan/Courtney and I did a lot of new construction at White Beach and a great deal of repair work as well as emergency calls at Camp Napunja/Hauge as well as Camp Easley Range/Hansen. I installed scullery equipment in one of the mess halls right off of the main drag at Camp Hauge and was forever being called to fix the drains at the O club. That was almost a monthly call back.

    I do remember the gedunk as my shop area was just down the street from it on the same side of the street. In ‘55-‘56 the Base was called Napunja but was renamed Hauge by the time I rotated back to the states.

    September of ‘68 I came back to McTurious/SD Butler right back into emergency crew again and received calls back to Hauge once again. Some changes but pretty much the way I remembered from my first trip.

    A lot of years.
    Semper Fi Jack

  37. Ron Kimball April 13 2015, 11:54 am

    Jack,
    Just by chance, do you remember what the fried rice at the Gedunk was called? I have spent a lot of time trying to recreate that dish with no luck.

    Ron

  38. April 13 2015, 4:45 pm

    Ron…I loved the fried rice but was usually to drunk while eating it to know or even care what was in it… I remember going into the little restaurant on BC street in 1957/58 and the little guy who always waited on me would say “Oooooh you like flied lice? I remember it came in a flat wooden box and I always had to have a box for the cab ride back to Camp Hauge…

  39. Jack Constable April 13 2015, 7:15 pm

    Ron, I don’t remember what kind of fried rice they had there but from my travels in the far east I have found that everyone who prepares fried rice have their own recipe. None are the same. There was a place close to where I live now that makes shrimp fried rice but they have been closed down by the health department enough times that I just don’t trust their cooking.

    Jack

  40. Richard Szabo April 14 2015, 12:37 pm

    Gene, I also remember that good fried rice that I used to take back to Camp Hague after liberty in New Koza.  It tasted great.  I was disappointed when I stopped in for my fried rice one night and found the place closed for serving dog meat.

    I was in Hq Btty, 1-12 from July ‘57 to Sep ‘58.  Typhoon Faye, Operation Strongback.  I would sure like to see your pictures.

    Richard Szabo 1660866

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