Guard Duty at Iwakuni

Guard Duty at Iwakuni

This is me on guard duty while I was at Iwakuni, Japan. (78-79) My MOS was 1371 Combat Engineer. You can see the Quonset hut in the background that we lived in back then. I was told that both MAG 15 and MWSG 17 have since been retired. That is sad but the memories that I have of my fellow Marines that served with me are always with me.

Semper Fi,

L/CPL Kenneth McCauley

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  • Daniel N. Colbert

    I was with MWSG-17 when we moved from Itami to Iwakuni in 1954. We lived in the old Japanese barracks that were in the shape of a square letter O. In the open part of the O it was like a Japanese traditional formal garden. They were two story with the head on the lower level. They were next to the flight line. I worked at group HQ and behind the building, there were deep depressions along the dike from bombs of WW. When we arrived, the old Japanese bath was still there and worked. We loved it, but soon the powers to be tore them out. Also on walking to work every day I passed a small shrine that we were told the Kamakazi pilots made their last ritual before flying out. Also while there, several old Lockheed twin engine bombers were turned over to the Japanese. It was strange to see these old bomber painted a dark navy blue with the rising sun painted on the fuselage. I was then transferred to MAG-33 located at K3 airbase. It was located at Younil (Pohang) at the upper edge of the Pusan perimeter, and the area changed hands at least three times during the war. Semper Fi. Sgt. Daniel Colbert


  • Allen Beye, CWO2 ret.

    I was MABS – 17 station ordnance in 63-64 and lived in Block 8. In 69-70 lived in Quonset huts while in VMFA – 334. Passed through Iwakuni in 73 as a CWO-2 , went to station ordnance and the OIC, Cpt. Wilkerson, was my old friend from 63 when I was a PFC and he was a CPL. I almost forgot, lived in Quosetts wingside 3 months in 67 when VMFA regrouped and went back to Danang.I took Japanese in 63. My folks lived in Rockville, MD. Iwa translates to large rock or Boulder. Kuni translates to area or ville. So, Iwakuni translated to Rockville. Semper Fi – Gunner Beye to


  • Gary Waer

    Iwakuni 76-77, WERS-17 Wing Equipment Repair Squadron (We Eventually Repair Something) 13 months, great duty station. Soba with monkey meat from the truck that went through wingside.


  • Daniel J McEachren

    It was my first duty station after training in MAS yuma. I was there MAG12 H&HS 12 in june 1980-1981. During my time there, I built bomb (blue practice) and the 2.75 rocket pods for a short time, before getting sent out with VMA214 “black sheep” an A-4 squadron. I went to northern japan at Misawa SDJDB for two weeks and Kadena Okanonia USAF BASE for three. Finishing my time there as barracks support where the staff in charge said that I had earned Letter of mertius mast, but never saw it. I’d wish to get this assignment later than the first, for it was the first time ever that I had left the country borders.


  • Sgt Joe

    Brings back memories, I was there in 76-77 with vmfa-115.


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