• YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 4 days, 21 hours ago

    Dear Coco , thank you for your e mail today. I always enjoy e mail from you and Daniel. And I thank you for all things that you do for me.
    I will try and answer your question. I remember being called into the army very well.

    I can’t remember if the time was late 1957, or if it was Jan. 1958. My life was Drag Racing. For the past 4 years I had been driving fuel Dragsters, which is N.H.R.A.’S fastest class. Unknowing to me at this time ,I was as good as was ever to be.

    I had been invited to compete in a week long event called. Speed Week. This found myself and my crew at a drive in restaurant, after work , discussing what we should do to prepare for this big race. We decided that we should build a new , much larger and more modern engine. The engine would be an Ardun Merc. The reason for this engine was that we already had some of the parts needed, such as the expensive and rare , cylinder heads.

    Soon we would leave for home. Every one was very excited about the new engine idea and the week of Fun!

    Arriving home, at about 11 p. m., I entered my Mothers living room and there was a large envelope on the table. The envelope told that the letter was from the government. I opened the envelope and the letter read that I had been Drafted into the U.S. army! Iwas to report on the 12 th of Feb., 1958.

    Never have I become so sick on my stomach, so quick!

    I sat down in my chair. My Mother now came into the room. I must have appeared sick, because my Mother asked, “What is wrong”? I told her that I had been Drafted! She began to cry.
    My Mother soon returned to her room as I sat in my chair, staring at the floor.

    I was 23 years old and my only thoughts from age 16 was Drag Racing. I now felt all this, the life that I had built for myself, slowly slipping away. Disappearing. I was very scared!
    I had thoughts about contacting my doctor and trying for a deferment. And the Red Cross, because my Dad was sick. But then I thought , Real men just don’t do things like this.

    So , Feb. 12, 1958 my life would change forever.

    There was talk on the ship when we were on our way to Korea that we were going to Vietnam, but that was only rumors.

    George

    The attached photo from 1954 show the 1st fuel injected drag racing car. George Breen is the one on the right of the photo

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 4 days, 21 hours ago

    George @239flathead Look at this photo from the exhibition Yongsan the Unreachable land. the 570th Co. Ord. Das !!!!
    This photo is from 1948, so 10 years before you came and of course before the korean war
    The photo is taken from where number 8 is at the photo of the map. Do you recognize it?
    • I love the pictures you sent! My first time seeing them.
      The first picture looks very much like the intersection that is shown in a picture I have in my album>.

      Thanks so much. George

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 week, 6 days ago

    I thought to try and make a very simple drawing of something that I think of most every day.
    I think of leaving south Korea and Marie. While serving in south Korea, I learned to love both.
    I will title my drawing,” One Of My Saddest Days”.

    I continue to remember standing on deck of the , USS MITCHELL, looking back, watching as Korea disappears. During the 12 months that I served in this land A beautiful lady came into my life that I would love and hold in my heart for a life time. I also learned to love the land of south Korea and the people that I came to know and worked with. Thank you,

    Note from George Breen Veteran serving in Korea 570th Co Ord Das 1958-1959

  • Note that not one of the G.I.’s that are in the line that has just now gotten off the ship is looking in the direction of the troops that are preparing to board ship? Can you imagin all the jokes and comments that the new troops are receiving? George Breen……….Thanks for the picture , Bill Strouse
    • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 month, 1 week ago

      DAS 25 was my truck. Both the truck and my self was assigned to shop one.

      Shop one’s G.I. forman during 1956 and 1957 had painted the truck with gloss paint! This was a Real NO!! Because in the event of combat, the gloss paint was a shining target! I fought with the “higher ups”, the duration of my tour to keep this paint on the truck.

      The GI i replaced told me this.

      What you are calling the UN village , was opposite the direction of Seoul. I can’t remember directions now. And what you are calling the Han river is correct.

      The truck is pointed in the direction of the Barracks. And where you are pointing the arrow to the road is correct, but it is located on the other side of the roof top where the arrow stops. I think I remember the building as being the paint shop.

      The building to the right of the road arrow, had a steel door and it had bullet holes remaining from top to bottom!

      I think I remember the building toward the Han river as our , paint storage shed! this was the 570th ord co (DAS) in 1958

      Thank you , George

    • Note from George breen: Notice the difference in the shine on the boots of the troops arriving and the troops departing! The boots of the troops departing were shined by YOUNG Korean “HOUSE BOYS”! We were not required to have our shoes “spit shined” in the 570th! The troops arriving are probably fresh out of school. I can’t find any rank stripes on any of the jackets of the troops arriving!

      Very good photo and very meaningful.

      I have experienced being ion both lines! The line leaving and the line arriving! For me, the line leaving was the sad line!
      I had no idea that all through my life, memories of serving and living in south Korea would become stronger and stronger, day by day!

      I also traveled home on the USS Mitchell.

      • Note from George Breen:
        I have experienced being ion both lines! The line leaving and the line arriving! For me, the line leaving was the sad line!
        I had no idea that all through my life, memories of serving and living in south Korea would become stronger and stronger, day by day!
        • Note from George Breen:
          I also traveled home on the USS Mitchell.
          GEORGE
          • Photo and note from Bill Strouse: Welcome to Korea GI, troops arriving at Inchon after offload off ship, we are on the Left waiting to go Home on the USS Mitchell, Oct. 1958
            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 month, 2 weeks ago

              Note from George Breen on April 11th 2018:

              This is exactly how I arrived in Incheon! Note one line is smiling and the other line seem a little sad!
              I was taken from here by truck to the 570th ORD. CO. (what later on became Niblo Barracks and later on Hannam Village) It seemed like it took for ever to travel from Incheon to Seoul! Road was rough!

              No one that served in south Korea ever forgot this day!

              • Photo and note from Bill Strouse: Welcome to Korea GI, troops arriving at Inchon after offload off ship, we are on the Left waiting to go Home on the USS Mitchell, Oct. 1958

              • Note from George breen: Notice the difference in the shine on the boots of the troops arriving and the troops departing! The boots of the troops departing were shined by YOUNG Korean “HOUSE BOYS”! We were not required to have our shoes “spit shined” in the 570th! The troops arriving are probably fresh out of school. I can’t find any rank stripes on any of the jackets of the troops arriving!

                Very good photo and very meaningful.

                I have experienced being ion both lines! The line leaving and the line arriving! For me, the line leaving was the sad line!
                I had no idea that all through my life, memories of serving and living in south Korea would become stronger and stronger, day by day!

                I also traveled home on the USS Mitchell.

              • Note that not one of the G.I.’s that are in the line that has just now gotten off the ship is looking in the direction of the troops that are preparing to board ship? Can you imagin all the jokes and comments that the new troops are receiving? George Breen……….Thanks for the picture , Bill Strouse

            • George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 6 months, 2 weeks ago

              Tomorrow is Veterans day, and I am sure that while serving with the 570th ord co, ,back in 1958 and 1959 this would have been a holiday, So there would be no work.
              On our days off the G.I.’S were free to be in the village and the Korean girls were free to be in the 570th compound.. I a sure Marie and I would have been together on this day many years ago! May I never loose these memories. George Breen

            • George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 7 months, 2 weeks ago

              I have been searching for the most part of 20 years for Marie and , or her brother or sister. I have never received a positive reply! I came to know Marie and her family while I was serving with the 570th ord co DAS, back in 1958 and 1959.
              If anyone has any information about Marie, perhaps knowing her, or serving in the 570th, Or knowing a friend of Marie’s, or knowing anything at all about the village that surrounded the 570th ord co., please contact me! If you could only share with me, seeing Seoul in the 1950’s , I would enjoy that sao much. George Breen

            • George Breen commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

              Thanks for sharing the photo Kim Gi-seong . George Breen
              • YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

                Note from George Breen;
                Dear Coco, I visited Yongsan Legacy now and I see the messages that you have posted on, “finding Marie”! Thank you. Each message brings tears!
                On the map that I drew, you have marked a location with a red dot where Marie’s flyer is posted.
                I will never forget. If we walked out the front gate of the 570th, turned left, we would walk along the fence , on a trail, that went into the village. One night the electric power went off, and my buddy and me, were working on a model airplane and needed light! So , he and I decided we would go into the village and try to find candles. We walked to the very location that you marked with the red dot, and asked this Korean woman, that lived in a small , lean too hut with her husband, if she had any candles. With nothing at all, not even much food, she was kind enough to offer my buddy and I two large candles! What kind people! I don’t remember, but I hope we paid her a few MPC dollars?
                This remains a part of my life.
                Your friend, George Breen
                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

                  Dear Coco
                  I don’t recognize much in the photos that I remember seeing while serving in the 570th.
                  I do remember the ox drawn wagons, and I think every older Korean man that I saw was dressed in white clothing!
                  I have seen the ox drawn wagon parked on the side of a street in Seoul with the owner sleeping along side. I would guess, the Korean farmer worked night and day during those days? I have seen the small Korean men, carry huge loads on their backs, down from the mountains! The man was almost hidden by the load! What determined people!
                  And seeing the young Korean women as I did, keeps me searching for Marie! Along with my love for her! I would like so much for every ex US camp town worker in the Sun Lit Sister’s home to know that there is at least one man in this world that loves every one of them .
                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

                  By 11th September 2017 this flyer was still standing while Hannam Village was being demolished. One more change to what once was 570th Co Ord Das, Location where 59 years ago George Breen @239flathead met Marie Hwan.
                  • Note from George Breen;
                    Dear Coco, I visited Yongsan Legacy now and I see the messages that you have posted on, “finding Marie”! Thank you. Each message brings tears!
                    On the map that I drew, you have marked a location with a red dot where Marie’s flyer is posted.
                    I will never forget. If we walked out the front gate of the 570th, turned left, we would walk along the fence , on a trail, that went into the village. One night the electric power went off, and my buddy and me, were working on a model airplane and needed light! So , he and I decided we would go into the village and try to find candles. We walked to the very location that you marked with the red dot, and asked this Korean woman, that lived in a small , lean too hut with her husband, if she had any candles. With nothing at all, not even much food, she was kind enough to offer my buddy and I two large candles! What kind people! I don’t remember, but I hope we paid her a few MPC dollars?
                    This remains a part of my life.
                    Your friend, George Breen

                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

                  Dear Coco and Daniel, Marie and I shared letters from the summer of 1959 until August 1964.
                  I sent money to her, in hopes that it would not be necessary for her to have a boy friend, to help support her and her family.
                  In 1964 when she and I stopped writing, I stopped sending her money also, so I feel sure that Marie found another boyfriend. I hurts to think about this.
                  It would now be close to the 1970’s. Would it have been possible during this time period for a GI and a Korean woman to marry in Korea, and then come to America? Would there have been records kept? And where would they have acquired the necessary papers?

                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 8 months ago

                  I was at my mail box with my hand on the door. I thought, how my life would change if there is a letter inside from Marie! Or maybe some one telling me that they know Marie and has information about her. I open the mail box door. There is nothing there. Only the silence that she left!
                  I go to my e mail and Yongsan legacy, searching for a message from Marie or some one that knows her. There is nothing there. Only the silence that she left!
                  It is the end of the day. I think about days and evenings many years ago! I see a beautiful smile on a beautiful, happy face. But there is no one there. Only the silence that she left!
                  A special Hug to Coco and Daniel.
                  Note from George Breen @239flathead
                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 10 months, 1 week ago

                  Note from George Breen @239flathead
                  The word, Stickability might be a self made word, I don’t know? But I use this word a lot and often. Sticking with something makes things happen when nothing else can!
                  I refuse to accept that Marie can’t be found! Or her brother! And what about her sister who I feel would have married a Korean man!
                  Would she remember me?
                  That night in 1958 when I came home after work, about 11 pm, and my DRAFT notice from the U.S. army was on my Mothers dinning room table , my heart sank to the floor! As I read the message, I felt the life that I had planned for myself slowly slip away.
                  Then, close to a year and one half later, while serving in the 570th ord co(DAS), I received my orders to rotate back to the U.S., I once again had a terrible feeling.I was being forced to leave people that I had come to know and worked with every day. I was being forced to leave a woman that I loved and she loved me>. This was my world. There are some of us that , just can’t let go of these things that were our LIFE! We would rather live with the HURT, than loose the memories.
                  I know that I am not alone. Others out there share this same pain.
                  Peace time military can leave scares also!
                  Photo:George Breen 2017
                • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 10 months, 1 week ago

                  From George Breen @239flathead
                  To: Coco
                  Dear Coco, I was thinking about it raining in Seoul today and was going to ask if it had stopped raining!
                  I do remember how it did rain in Seoul! For weeks at the time with out stopping!
                  No , I don’t remember any flooding at the 570th, but I remember lots of mud! And the hill leading from the 570th into the village was muddy and difficult to climb!
                  It truly did rain for weeks at a time, but I never missed a day walking up that hill to see Marie!
                  Thanks for sharing with me, George.

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