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Occupation of Japan
Praetorian Guard of Nippon

Following the surrender of Imperial Japan, the 1st Cavalry Division was redeployed from Luzon to Japan to take up occupation duties. The division marched victoriously into Tokyo in 1945 and began the grueling tasks of policing a now-defeated Japan. Destruction of war material, securing Imperial bullion and wealth, and protecting the citizenry were all cornerstones of the service the 1st Cavalry Division conducted in Japan. The First Team remained in Japan from 1945 to 1950 before the aptly nicknamed Praetorian Guards were sent to Korea for the first war of the new global Cold War.

This page is dedicated to the troopers who dutifully maintained prosperity and peace in Occupied Japan during the early days of rebuilding the country.

Grouping of Technician Third Grade Howard Cawein of Ohio. T/3 Howard Cawein's grouping of Cawein's documents and photos from Medical Detatchment, 8th Cavalry Regiment

1Sgt Howard Cawein


Med Det, 8th Cav Regt

Service Troop, 12th Cavalry Regiment First Sergeant (1Sgt) Russell Hook's items from his time during the Occupation of japan. Custom painted bag named to Russell Hook and over 100 photos Russell Hook took in Japan

1Sgt Russell Hook

Srv Trp, 12th Cav Regt

Grouping of Technician Third Grade Robert Davidson of New Jersey. Group includes customized Occupation of Japan -era bag with painted 7th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Cavalry Division logos, 1st Cavalry Division patch and necklace, and papers

T/3 Robert Davidson


F Trp, 7th Cav Regt

E Troop, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division uniform to SSgt Staff Sergeant James Trevis. Includes uniform with 7th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Cavalry Division patch

SSgt James Trevis


E Trp, 7th Cav Regt

Grouping of Cpl Emil Glenforst Jr of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment. Group includes 1st Cavalry Division patch, 1st Cavalry Division necklace, 1st Cavalry Division insignia, bring backs, papers

Cpl Emil Glenforst Jr

A Trp, 5th Cav Regt

Scrapbook of Technician fifth grade Leonard Worthington of Service Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Includes photos of 1st Cavalry Divison troops

T/5 Leonard Worthington

Srv Trp, 8th Cav Regt

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T/5 Dean Donalds

99th FA Bat

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Pfc James Jollif

G Trp, 12th Cav Regt

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