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1954 Main GateThis is the earliest known photo of Misawa's main gate.

Per Royce Lloyd, 53-56/63-66, "I believe this must have been 1954 since I see the Blue Goose near the gate and my initial year there was strictly cold six-by transportation."
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1955 Main GateNote that prior to 1959, there was no sign spanning the guard shacks at the main gate.

Also note that, just beyond the left guard shack you can see the bus shelter, then the yen gate, and a 3rd structure that I don't remember seeing 1959-1962. Maybe this was the infamous "No Sweat" shack that distributed condoms to the troops?
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1955 Main Gate, Guard ShackA nice, dry, sunny day to visit the town and get to know the local population a little better.
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1956 Main Gate, West Guard Shack, Inbound This is the inbound guard shack with the photo taken just outside the main gate.

Look closely and you'll see, just beyond the guard shack, the shelter where troops waited for the bus (Blue Goose) back to the Hill. Cold in winter, but better than nothing.
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1957 Main Gate, East Guard Shack, OutboundThis appears to be the outbound guard shack on the east side of the main gate, as viewed from just inside the gate.
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1957/05 Main Gate, Aerial ViewExcellent aerial shot of the townspeople waiting at the Pass and ID building to gain entrance to attend the Armed Forces Day air show on 18 May 1957.

Notice that the main gate has no sign over the gate as can be seen by 1959. The State Side Snackbar can be seen near the intersection of the main drag and the road to the main gate. The "Blue Goose" (shuttle bus) is waiting next to the Yen Gate for passengers to load.
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1959 Main GateThe earliest we see the arched sign [Misawa AB, PACAF, 5th AF] mounted over the guard shacks is 1959. Prior to that, there was no sign over the main gate.
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1959 Main GateA rare color photo of the main gate from the 1950's - most were black/white.
This would've been a perfect day to wear your "machi boots" to town.
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1959 Main Gate, MarchAnother rare color photo of the 1950's-era main gate. If you click on the photo to view it at full size, you can just make out the little sign attached atop the main arch - almost as an afterthought. It says, "Welcome" in small letters.

Just inside the gate to the left, you can see the passenger shelter where you'd wait for onbase transportation - either a bus (free) or a taxi (fare).

On the right, next to the shelter, is the "Yen Gate" where GI's would happily exchange their MPC for local currency. I don't remember being able to exchange yen for MPC, though.
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1959 Main Gate, March
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1960 Main GateAnother photo showing the passenger shelter where you'd wait for a bus or taxi. That Ford sedan sitting in front of the shelter is one of the base taxis. The yen gate is shown just to the right.
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1960 Main Gate
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