406 MGL

Joshua Kearney filed this request with the U.S. Army, Fort Detrick of the United States of America.
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From: Joshua Kearney

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All files relating to the Far East Command's 406 Medical General Laboratory (Kyoto, Japan) from 1949-1955--including the 8003rd Army Unit. Please include all memoranda, cables, interim reports, interim reports, annual reports, and historical summaries.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joshua Kearney


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Mr. Kearney,

The United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Ft Detrick would not have the information you have requested.
The 406th Medical General Laboratory was a unit under the US Army Medical Command Japan (USAMCJ). I was able to find contact information at http://www.usamcja.com/command_units.htm

1918 Shurtleff Avenue
Napa CA 94559
(707) 257-6818

I was unable to find anything related to 8003rd Army Unit.

Basically, this dates to far back perhaps the US Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History may be able to assist.

The 406th Medical General Laboratory at Camp Zama, was the central Laboratory for the Far East. It began operation in 1946 in Yokohama, with a floor space of about 3,300 square feet. Ten years later, on 6 February, 1956, the Laboratory occupied a new modern concrete building in an area of several acres, situated 30 miles from Tokyo, 15 miles from Yokohama, and 3 miles from the Headquarters of the United States Army, Japan. The buildings were partially air-conditioned and contained about 75,000 square feet. The main Laboratory building was 300 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 31/2 stories high. Connected to the second floor level was an unclosed ramp with a smaller two-story administration building attached. An aviary, blood storage and shipping building, a medical supply warehouse, an animal house, and an incinerator were also in the area.

The 406th was activated on 10 May, 1946 with personnel and equipment from the 3rd and 26th Medical Laboratories. The Laboratory stayed only four months in Yokohama. For the most of the next ten years, the Laboratory's existence was spent in a three story brick building in downtown, Tokyo, which formerly had housed officers of the Mitsubishi Company. The Tokyo building occupied about 27,000 square feet, but when the Korean War escalated, some departments expanded into a building next door. When the units moved into their new buildings at Camp Zama all the professional departments were housed in the main building.


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