History of Chase Military Banking Facilities in Japan

Appendices Cover Military Banking Division, Flight from Saigon

Hiroshi Aiko, who was with the Chase Military Banking Facilities (MBF) in Japan for 26 years (and former head of CAA's Tokyo chapter), David Bravender, former head of the Chase Mililtary Banking Division (MBD), and Bravender's colleague John DeCicco have written accounts of the MBF/MBD chapter of Chase's history.


Although most of the manuscript is focused on Japan, an appendix describes Chase's evacuation from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.*


Click here to read the manuscript.


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* Chase in Vietnam:


"In 1966, widespread protests were directed against the bank following David Rockefeller's decision to open a Chase branch in Saigon. A strong supporter of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, Rockefeller traveled to the capital of South Vietnam to open the building personally; a sandstone fortress, it was designed to withstand mortar attacks and mine explosions." (Source: http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/JP-Morgan-Chase-amp;-Co-Company-History.html)


Chase's operations in Saigon came to an end at noon on April 24, 1975.