I thought since it's Memorial Day and nearly the 10 year anniversary of my Dad's death I'd explore a little bit about where he was stationed as an MP during the Korean War & share some slides of his friends in case somewhere out there as relative would love to find a photo they didn't know about.
The post located in the island of Oahu opened in 1907 it was named in memory of William Rufus Shafter (1835-1906) who led the expedition to Cuba in 1898. It has undergone several expansions since the original fort was built.
As most are aware on Dec 7 1941 the island of Oahu, aka Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan and WWII began. For the first newspaper specifics you can click here to see some reproductions of the headlines for the day from Hawaiian newspapers as well as others. By the time my dad was stationed in Fort Shafter during 1951-2, it was a much calmer place to be.
Pearl Harbor was located west of Honolulu and Fort Shafter, for simplicity's sake, was in between the two. Fort Shafter was the Senior Army Headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region until 1974. Although, the headquarters was eliminated at that time, today it still remains a major focal point for the Army in relation to Asia-Pacific Region.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy