Military History/Osaka, Japan


My father, Arthur B. Powers, then Lt. Colonel, was stationed in Osaka, Japan at the beginning of the Occupation. He was with the Wolfhound Regiment ,Lightning Division. He went to Japan from Mare Island CA. My mother and we children joined him there in 1946. Is it possible to find out the location of the post at that time? If I go to Osaka I would like to know the location.
Thank you.

Dear Ms.,
       Thank you for your question.  I am unfamiliar with a "Lightning Division" so I am going to assume (something I am loathed to do) that you are referring to the 25th Infantry Division, Tropic Lightning.  The 27th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division throughout WW 2.  The 27th Infantry Regiment's Traditional Designation is "The Wolfhounds".  
       Departing Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands onboard the USS Du Page on October 2, 1945, the 27th Infantry Regiment anchored in Nagoya Harbor October 9, 1945.  Debarking on October 27, 1945, the 27th Infantry Regiment traveled by train to Naka in Gifu Prefecture.  From there, the 27th Infantry Regiment marched to Kagamigahara Airfield.  It was at this location that the 27th Infantry Regiment would be based at for Occupation Duty in Japan.  
       I have a photograph of Kagamigahara Airfield while the 27th Infantry Regiment was there, a photograph of the Main Gate, The Billiard Room at the Red Cross Building, Command Post, library, & a Dependents Home.
       Good Luck with your quest.

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