Culture and Historical Resources

Cultural and Historic Resources Program

There are no known archaeological resources present on any lands currently under the management control of MCAS Iwakuni.

Four historic resources were identified during the cultural resources inventory survey conducted at MCAS Iwakuni in 2009. Two of these resources are designated historic monuments by the Marine Corps Historic Division.

 

Designated historic monuments by the Marine Corps Historic Division

Zero Hanger: built in 1940 as part of the Japanese Imperial Naval Base. The structure is an original convex shaped, reinforced concrete, single airplane hangar that was used to house the Mitsubishi Type “Zero” Carrier Fighter Model 21 during World War II.  The hangar was the only one of six to survive a U.S. bombing attack on Iwakuni at the end of World War II. Large craters on the front of the hangar, formed by fragmentation from the bombing, are reminders of the air stations military history. It has been refurbished and transformed into a visitor center.

1st MAW Vietnam War Memorial: dedicated in May 1972, to commemorate members of the 1st MAW that gave their lives in Vietnam. The monument is significant to the history of the U.S. Marine Corps for its ability to represent the untiring dedication of Marines to the principles of duty, honor, courage, and most of all freedom.

 

Other Historic Resources

Building 360: was originally constructed in 1940 as part of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Base. It is rumored that Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto signed the order for the attack on Pearl Harbor in the Crow’s Nest (third floor) of the building, but proof of this rumor is unsubstantiated. The building has been modified over the years and is no longer in its original condition.

Yuhi Monument: located next to Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDS) headquarters, was established in November 1978 to console 13 crew members’ souls. They were killed in a plane crash in Kochi Prefecture on May 7, 1978. A good representation of Japanese gardens, it gives Air Station Members a chance to view an ancient Japanese art form.

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Contact Information

Director:
253-6853
Environmental Management System:
253-4854
Environmental Planning:
253-3733
Water Program:
253-5388
Air Program:
253-7371
Spills & Tanks:
253-3909
Emergency Spill Notification:
From cell phone:
911 / 253-3322
0827-79-3322
Hazardous Waste:
253-6963
PCB:
253-5038
Solid Waste/Recycling Program:
E-mail:
253-3039
Culture/Natural Resources:
253-5466
Compliance:
253-3908 / 3906 / 5423
Training-CETEP:
253-3910

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