Confident that the suggestion would be favorably considered, the advance party flew to Itami on 21 July and made a detailed reconnaissance of debarkation, billeting, and training sites. While Craig inspected the area and prepared a report, Cushman examined the air base facilities and established his headquarters according to the initial plan.
The Marine officers then returned to Tokyo
2 days later to push the request for
getting both air and ground forces located in the same area. To support his
proposal, Craig submitted a complete “floor plan” not only for the Brigade but
also for the entire
1st Marine Division. MacArthur’s staff promptly