Biography of George Wimmer

PACUSA, USAAF

     I arrived in Manila right after the war and was assigned to PACUSA, Pacific Air Command United States Army. Our patch was a horizontal diamond containing the sourthern cross. At 18 years of age, it never entered my mind to ask just where we fit in the big picture. Some of these remarks are based on 50 year old letters I found which were saved by my parents and not looked at since i returned home in 1946.

    I arrived in Manila late fall of 1945 and was sent to a wespac school out in the boonies, then assigned to the radio and cable section of the Pacific Air Command United States Army (PACUSA) located at Ft Mc Kinley. The letters I sent home were on PACUSA letter head. We left Manila at the beginning of 1946 and went to Tokyo with a complement of about 500 men----heavy with brass. Approximately May 20 we were flown to Tokyo and billeted in the new Keijo building a few blocks from Gen Mc Arthurs office in the Meiji building. We were the top ranking air organization in Tokyo and very close to MacArthurs office.

      At this time the letter heads I sent home were Far Eastern Air Force (FEAF). As far as we were concerned this never entered our heads because we continued the same work and were referred to as the PACUSA radio and cable section. I believe now we were immediately under McArthur's adjutant general who was a part of FEAF.

     Early in 1960's while working in Sioux City, Iowa, i bought an irish wool hat and as custom dictated put on a few pins and one of them was of my old PACUSA patch. There was a guy at the sioux honey assn who saw me and said, " hey, were you in FEAF--- I was too and haven't seen anyone with that patch since i got out. I said no I was in PACUSA and we never mentioned it again. So you see, I have never clearly understood exactly who was what or why.

----- George Wimmer

         gswimmer@iland.net

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