Do you remember your barracks when you served with the 24th Infantry Division? Depending on whether you were stationed at Fort Stewart, in Germany, or in Hawaii, you have very different memories about where you lived when you were a soldier.
Gary Haynes, a member of the 34th Infantry Regiment Dragon’s Lair Facebook group, visited Schofield Barracks in early September and had these memories to share.
FROM Gary Haynes (Sept. 5, 2017)
Yesterday we visited Schofield Barracks, HI. The barracks complex you are looking at (below) is one of the Quadrangles that date back to probably the 1920's. The 34th Regiment was stationed in one of these Quads just after arriving in Hawaii from San Francisco.
There are several of us that were stationed at Schofield Barracks. The Quad pictured is C Quad, My unit A Company, 4/22 Infantry was stationed in this Quad. The 35th Regiment now occupies this Quad.
There is so much history here, many thousands of soldiers lived in these old buildings. If you have ever watched the classic movie "From Here to Eternity" with Burt Lancaster, these Quads were featured.
These quads were open bay barracks back in the 40's and 50's. The whole post (Schofield Barracks) has been virtually rebuilt, but this old Quad has only had a few more coats of paint and some trim added from what I can tell.
Old Quads Get New Look
Many of the Quads — including one that dates to 1914 — have been restored to historic accuracy on the outside, while their interiors were gutted and rebuilt to meet modern needs.
Completed in the early 1900s, each of the Quads at Schofield Barracks housed 1,500 Soldiers, who lived one company to a floor. The barracks were strafed on Dec. 7, 1941, and 11th Field Artillery Regiment history holds that men of K Quad shot down one of the 29 Japanese planes downed on the day of infamy.
Author James Jones lived in the Quads, and his classic 1951 novel, "From Here to Eternity," opens with Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt leaning on the third-floor railing of a Quad and surveying the busy courtyard below. The movie version starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Deborah Kerr, and featured one of the best-known embraces in cinematic history.
READ ABOUT THE REBUILDING OF THE QUADS AT SCHOFIELD BARRACKS
Old Quads Get New Look At Hawaii Army Base
Retaining the Historic Shells of Two Buildings in Quad E
MILCON: Rebuilding U.S. Army Hawaii
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