• Zoe (9) and Zach(7) Burnett are both students at Seoul American Elementary School in Yongsan Garrison. Since 2014 Yongsan (Itaewon Acres on South Post) has been home for them.
    Zoe during her free time has been learning how to play piano, attending swimming classes and cheering the American football team by being a cheerleader (on post). She is also a member of the Girl Scout which has allowed her to explore the Korean outdoors outside Seoul. Zach, as a good Korean citizen, has mastered Taekwondo he is currently black belt. He is also a member of the troupe of the tigers of the boy scouts.
    Zoe and Zach both answer with no hesitation that they will surely miss Korea now that it is time for them to say good bye. Having a dad in the military means that you get to change places every time He gets sent to a new destination, explains Zoe. Zach was only 3 when he arrived to Yongsan and he basically has no memories from any other place than Korea.
    OUR FRIENDS!!!! They simultaneously say when we asked them what will you miss the most after you leave Yongsan?
    Zoe and Zach’s great grandfather (LTC LeeMoscicke) was a veteran was stationed in Yongsan in 1958.
    In the attached photos below: Zoe shows us a beach ball with a message saying: From Miss Lowder and your second grade friends 2016-2017 while Zach shows his guitar skills in their home playroom in Itaewon Acres, South Post, November 2017.
    Zoe and Zach in their home playroom in Itaewon Acres, South Post, November 2017.
    Photos by Suyeon Yun http://www.suyeonyun.com/ Creative Director and Photographer for Yongsan Legacy and assistant photographer Hyein Hwang
  • My father was the Technical Consultant in building Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). He was with AID. He built the Tower on Namsan so I lived there from 1958 to 1962. I attended Seoul America High School on Your Post.
    I walked into N. Korea once….. It was a school field-trip event that took us to see the Peace Talks At Pan Mun Jom. I walked up the hill to see the Brainwashed Pigeons. A US MP yelled at me… “You are in N Korea, if they catch you they can keep you!” I ran back to the SOUTH…. The MP then gave me a lecture!
    I remember that I had not heard about the Brainwashed Pigeons and I was just curious. You could see the pigeon coup from the 3 buildings that the conferences were held in. I don’t remember the exact year. It was probably in my senior year, though, since I was in the first graduating class – 1960.
    I later (1963) became an MP because I had been impressed by the MP’s at the Peace talks and I knew a lot of the MP’s in the 728th MP BN., “C” Company — South Post.
    This photo was me later on as a MP. By Mike Nicolay,
  • Jeff Burnett: A lot of the video I took that year started off with, “MBC coming to you live!” but said really fast, thanks to Bobby Pruitt always saying it whenever he saw me with the video camera and then he got me always saying it!

    Jon Lasher: I think I actually had one.

    Misty Wolfe: I think I still have one in a box somewhere 😜😜

    Angela Harrison: I remember these! Hope you’r feeling better!

    John Sarantakes: Great party and remember the MP’s joined us.

    Jeff Burnett: Yes I remember that! Well we had to invite them because they protected us/covered us all the times we were in Itaewon! 😂

    Robin Adams Gennarelli : OMG! Somewhere along the way I lost mine

    Jeff Burnett: Robin I’ll sell you mine for a steep price! 😂😜

    Erich Broksas: That is awesome. Forgot all about that shirt! Thanks for the memory

    Jeff Burnett: I’m surprised no one asked yet about the “Mandu” part of “Hard Rock Mandu”!! Ah, the Mandu House outside the hospital gate…such great pre-Itaewon memories each weekend! And yes, a lot of Soju and Mandu was consumed there! 😬

    • Note from former SAHS student Jeff Burnett:
      Going through boxes and found this from my senior high school days at SAHS in 1989. This was an entrepreneurial adventure that Jay Wilson, John Sarantakes and I undertook to raise money for our senior class party, at the Han River! Yes, it worked and the party was a huge success! 😂
      • Jeff Burnett: A lot of the video I took that year started off with, “MBC coming to you live!” but said really fast, thanks to Bobby Pruitt always saying it whenever he saw me with the video camera and then he got me always saying it!

        Jon Lasher: I think I actually had one.

        Misty Wolfe: I think I still have one in a box somewhere 😜😜

        Angela Harrison: I remember these! Hope you’r feeling better!

        John Sarantakes: Great party and remember the MP’s joined us.

        Jeff Burnett: Yes I remember that! Well we had to invite them because they protected us/covered us all the times we were in Itaewon! 😂

        Robin Adams Gennarelli : OMG! Somewhere along the way I lost mine

        Jeff Burnett: Robin I’ll sell you mine for a steep price! 😂😜

        Erich Broksas: That is awesome. Forgot all about that shirt! Thanks for the memory

        Jeff Burnett: I’m surprised no one asked yet about the “Mandu” part of “Hard Rock Mandu”!! Ah, the Mandu House outside the hospital gate…such great pre-Itaewon memories each weekend! And yes, a lot of Soju and Mandu was consumed there! 😬

    • Enjoyed reading your story and seeing this photo. I listed some of the Gates on another post to this topic for those who want to see where all the old gate numbers to enter Main and South Posts from Itaewon Boulevard.
      • As a point of reference the MP offices were located to the West side of Theater #1 (now the location of Yongsan Lanes). Main Post Club is in the location of Theater #1. And, Gate #4 off of Itaewon Boulevard was an access into the MP portion of that area to permit MP vehicles to enter/exit the MP Station. Gate #5 was East of Gate #4 as one would walk toward Itaewon. In fact, there were several gates on the South wall of Main Post. #4 at the MP Station; #5 as the Main Entrance to Main Post; #6 near the YDPC (Yongsan Data Processing Center); #7 at the Crossroads Club (now HQs, Marine Forces Korea). And, across the street on South Post opposite #7 was #8; opposite #6 was #9; opposite #5 was #10 (Now Gate #1 into Dragon Hill Lodge. I will not go into the other gates on this posting, but I just wanted folks who remember these gates to call up their memories of having gone in and out of these gates because all of these gates had gate guards who would check post access credentials.

      • The glove in the tank, by Lou Keller
        I arrived in Korea in June, 1958, attended SFS for one year, and then moved to SAHS in the Fall of 1959. One Sunday, sometime before winter, 1960, Don Richardson and I discovered that we could get inside the tank, by removing our gloves, lifting one of the narrow periscope slot covers in the turret and reaching inside to release the main hatch cover. Once inside, we tried every gear and crank until our teenage curiosity was satisfied … and we heard voices outside. Don slowly lifted the hatch and saw two MPs walking behind the tank, so we waited quietly for 10 minutes and then climbed out. Shortly after we left, Don discovered that he’d left one of his gloves in the tank. I returned to Korea in 1973 as an Army Captain. I was assigned to the 8th Army Surgeon’s Office in a building on the north side of the parade field. One wintry January Sunday shortly after I arrived, I climbed back inside the tank and retrieved Don’s glove. Now, the MP’s will NEVER catch us!

        • Great story. Thanks for posting.

        • This photo from Peter T. Yeschenko shows the tank where Don Richardson’s glove remained from 1959 till1973 when Lou keller @ltckel went in to remove all traces! Amazing story!
        • Note from: Lou Keller @ltckel
          To: Coco Cugat @coco-cugat
          If you’re interested, there’s more to the story than I wrote. Don Richardson and I were good friends at the time when we went inside the tank and he left his glove inside, Two scoundrels you might say, just like all teenagers I suppose, looking for fun and a little adventure. Over time, we both grew up and, like many “Brats” do, we eventually became Officers in the United States Army. Unfortunately, also like many Brats at the time, we eventually went to Vietnam. To that end, Don was killed when his helicopter was shot down somewhere south of Hue in 1969. I came back without a scratch.

      • Provost Marshall aka MP Station by Peter T Yeschenko, former student SAHS
        How many you remember the Yongsan Provost Marshall aka MP Station right inside the main gate on the Main Post?!

        SEA STORY!
        In 1973 or 1974….me and two friends…I won’t mention any names to protect the innocence! LOL. Anyway we decided to go camping….

        And WHERE did we decide to go camping…the grassy hill area next to the gym on main post….it was next to the road leading out the back gate (Gate 2) to Camp Coiner….

        If you remember back then…there was a curfew at midnight….you had to be off the streets…well my friends and I thought if we were on base and in our tent…we wouldn’t get in trouble…
        Well around…..12:30 am…..we were horsing around outside our tents and was climbing this tree next to the gym….when all of a sudden…we see this Army Jeep with it’s blue lights on pull up next to the hill…

        These two Tall Army MP’s get out of the jeep and they walked over to us and asked us in a very stern manner what we were doing and who we were….
        We told them our names and said we were camping….they said your camping adventure was over due to curfew and told us to pack up and get in the jeep….
        I thought…Oh oh….we are in trouble now!
        We climbed into the jeep and they took us to the Provost Marshall aka MP station…..

        Long story short…we didn’t get in trouble….they let us camp out in the station…so my friends and I stayed up all night and played tag and hide and seek in the MP station….the MP’s even made us Ham and Cheese sandwiches….LOL!

        I do remember they had one guy in their cell…he was a civilian probably around 18 years of age…and he was passed out. He looked like a hippy! LOL! The MP’s said he was drunk and they were letting him sleep it off…
        Around 6 am…the MP’s gave us a ride home…all three of us lived in Itaewon….my mom and dad was surprise that I was home so early….LOL!

        That was my brush with the law! LOL!
        Those were some awesome times!

        • Enjoyed reading your story and seeing this photo. I listed some of the Gates on another post to this topic for those who want to see where all the old gate numbers to enter Main and South Posts from Itaewon Boulevard.

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