• Note from Paul Black
    I don’t remember a thing about Halloween being celebrated on the Yongsan Base.

    As far as Thanksgiving goes, I think most of the NCO Clubs fixed the meals a bit better for Thanksgiving.

    I do remember Christmas while in Korea and going to that Standard Oil building to have a very nice meal.

  • Note from Paul Black

    I think it’s a great idea transforming that area into a City Park.
    As I think most Korean living in Seoul are living in high rise conditions.
    People need parks to relax properly I think.
    Our back yard is our Park. Not huge but enough green space to feel free.
    Tampa has a pretty good Parks Department. Our local City Park is called Friendship Park.
    It has nice things for young children to have fun on. We have taken the young members of our families there often in the past.

    Many different types of groups use the park for get togethers.
    Our neighborhood association hold our annual picnic in this park. I was the Neighborhood Treasurer for 6 years in the past. I got to know a good number of our neighbors.
    It is a Neighborhood Association, not a neighborhood such as a deeded community where fees are mandatory.
    People were not required to donate any money to be a member. We only asked for $ 10.00 a year to be a good member. We had plenty of funds to operate normally.

    Clara and I made a number of trips to the bank to deposit donations. After 6 years that got old.
    We had a great President when I was the Treasurer.

    I do wonder what will happen to the current USO building when all the troops are down at Camp Humphries?

    If they keep the Old PX and the USO building in tact I will be happy

    There are probably a number of building on the Yongsan Base that could be used in a City Park?

    Please keep me informed about the progress of the new park for the citizens of Seoul.

  • Note from Michael Nettrour: I went there in early 1972. Used to ride the bus from Humphreys. The Townhouse, now American Eatery did not exist and was a Class VI store.
    • Note from Darrell Brown: Two for one steak nights were great. Bad thing, to many smokers lighting up after dinner was not healthy. Great Bologna and egg sandwiches from the grill hit the spot on cold winter nights.
      • Note from Paul Black:
        Hi Coco,
        In the second photo looking SW is where the SAC NCO Mess Hut sat.
        I don’t think that street existed back then but the ROW did.
        Back then I think that street location was a drainage ditch which crossed underneath Hangang Ro?
      • Paul @paulblack: Was this phone box there when you worked at the current USO building? I took this photo after the YSL#3 Talk
        Answer from Paul Black:
        I wonder how it ever found it’s way into that building?
        That USO building didn’t smell all that great in 58-59. Not real bad, just not refreshing.
        I think too many cardboard boxes and wood crates was the reason. A lot of full Budweiser beer bottles were warehoused inside that building too.
        As I remember the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer out of Milwaukee didn’t hardly sell at all back then.
        Budweiser and Viceroy cigarettes were Mr. Woo’s best sellers. Mr. Woo was from Manchuria.
        He could speak Korean and English very well too. He did have a little bit of an accent, but not sure from what language? No one had any problems understanding him.
        Most of the Korean laborers spoke very little English. All of them knew what was going on and did their job very well. The labors did carry one elderly Korean man as I remember. He was much older than most of them. Their supervisor dressed very well and never did a bit of work and tried to take their earning by playing cards with them. He was to protect the working men if the Army expected too much work from them. That never happened once as far as I know.
      • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of 1958 Yongsan in Color1958 Yongsan in Color 9 months, 1 week ago

        The USO Building on Camp Kim
        Note from :Paul Black Jun 14 2017
        To: Coco Cugat
        Hello Coco,
        After looking at the inside the on Facebook the USO building looks nothing like it did in 58-59.
        I’m sorry I don’t have any photos of the inside of the building.
        It was being used as a warehouse back then, not very nice inside at all. Each room housed a different product. I wish Mr. Woo could see it now.
        The most striking thing I remember was the door ways were only about 6′ or less throughout the building, as per average height of a Japanese person.
        I am happy to know that a building I frequented is still in use and has been brought up to date inside.
        What will happen to Camp Kim once the Yongsan Base closes and all the GI’s are gone?
        What about the roof, is it the same tile as installed in 1959? That could be a stretch even for a tile roof?
      • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of 1958 Yongsan in Color1958 Yongsan in Color 9 months, 1 week ago

        Note from Paul Black:
        I do consider myself fortunate in being able to interact with Korean people for about 10 months.

      • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of 1958 Yongsan in Color1958 Yongsan in Color 9 months, 1 week ago

        From: Paul Black Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 8:33 PM
        To: Coco Cugat
        Hello Coco,
        Check out the link far below.
        Yesterday I got this message from an unknown person talking about Tim Norris’s book called ” Seasons in the Kingdom “.
        Neil Mishalov took the cover photo and there is one of my photos inside of the entrance to Ascom City. I am not sure if Ascom City is still around these days?
        Ascom City was an US Army replacement facility just west of Seoul, sort of on the way to Incheon today.
        I will send you 2 photos from the book.
        I have the book.


      • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of 1958 Yongsan in Color1958 Yongsan in Color 9 months, 1 week ago

        Seasons in the Kingdom:
        from: Paul BlackMon, Jun 12, 2017 at 11:33 PM
        To: Coco Cugat
        Hello Coco,
        Here is the page you might like to look over sometime?
        I think there is some good information listed on this page.

      • Darrell Brown: Bought many books in that store.
        • Comment from John Nowell. @janowell Just to the left of the Library (former PX) and adjacent to the Finance bldg was a small outlet for the Stars and Stripes Bookstore in the late 60s, through the 70s, 80s and 90s. That was where you would get a copy of the Stars and Stripes as well as shop for magazines, other newspapers and books. That was when the daily life on Yongsan Garrison was very robust with people all over the installation. There was so much going on throughout the day and night, until curfew that is.
          • note from John Nowell: The tank is no longer there. The HQs, 8th US Army bldg would be across the street to the right and Knight Field was just in front of the Library. The tank which is unseen in this photo was just on the corner to the left. This bldg has been used as a part of the ACofS, G3, Training Office since the library moved into the former PX facility beside the APO.
            • Response from Paul Black: Hi Ron, I think it was located just down the street from the Chapel. Someone told me there is tanks across the street from that building these days on display.
              • Note from Ron Nagy: Paul, additional details on where this was on post?
                • @jeffrey-allen-klose were you familiar with the 21st T-CAR Motor Pool that Darrell Brown mentioned? seems that it was back in 1963
                  • Comment from Darrell Brown: Last shop there, when it was a PX, in 1963
                    21st T-CAR Motor Pool provided sedans and drivers for SAC Staff. Motor Pool was located to the left of Gate 3 up the hill. ROKA Officers club located on the corner now. In photos you can see civilian drivers waiting in their vehicles. I guess in those days it was authorized to have government vehicle at the PX. The Jeep looks like a M151, issued in 1963 when I was in 7ID at Camp Casey.
                    • and this photo is the same building, still remaining as PX back in 1967 South Korea ~ Yongsan Main PX (Post Exchange) By Bill Smothers
                    • Photo by Paul Black when the current (2017) Yongsan garrison library was the PX 1958
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