• George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 month 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 … 2 months 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

  • Thanks for sharing the photo Kim Gi-seong . George Breen
    • 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 … 2 months, 2 weeks 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 … 2 months, 3 weeks 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 … 2 months, 3 weeks 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 … 2 months, 3 weeks 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 … 4 months, 3 weeks 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 … 4 months, 3 weeks 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.

      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 4 months, 3 weeks ago

        True Short story from my serving days at 570th ord Co Das. From: George Breen @239flathead
        Dear Coco and Daniel
        It was an extremely cold winter night in Hannam Dong village during the year 1959.
        Marie and I were sleeping and it was early morning , about 0ne or two AM .
        With the help of God I woke up very sick and Marie was breathing but unconscious!
        It seems that the stove pipe that carried the smoke and carbon monoxide outside, from the charcoal heater, had came apart and was laying on the floor! With no piping in place the room had filled with gray smoke and carbon monoxide!
        I slid the sliding window open and pulled Marie so her head was outside so she and I could breath fresh air. She And I began to “throw up”, and were really sick!
        Once Marie could talk, I released her and put the stove pipe back together. It had been apart long enough , so the pipe wasn’t hot.
        I now had the window and the sliding door open to clear the room of the smoke and poison gas! Marie and I both were much too sick to sleep any more that night!
        I made roll call that morning at the 570th, but as soon as I could, I came back to the barracks from work and stayed in my bunk all day. I guess God was with me , because no one checked on me during that day!
        Honestly, Marie and I both came close to dying that night. Heating with charcoal is a Real No!! But that is all the Koreans could afford at that time!
        Maybe that is one reason God put me on this earth! To save Marie that night! Another memory!
        Your friend, George
        Photo by Kim Gi-seong, south Gyeonggi correspondent
      • Dear Coco and Daniel sending two pictures of the family at our club flying field this Sunday 25th June morning, as we remember the first day of the Korean war! We are having a #WARBIRD flying at our flying field in memory to all those who suffered!
        Left to right, Mike my son holding Fulton, 6 year old Joe and my self.
        Mike is the pilot of the 1/5 scale Curtiss P-40E and the 1/6 scale ,BF-110 C Messersmitt .
        Wishing you a good day, your friend, George @239flathead
        59 years later from this photo above of George and his model plane in the 570th. he still enjoys flying model planes
      • Dear Coco and Daniel sending two pictures of the family at our club flying field this Sunday 25th June morning, as we remember the first day of the Korean war! We are having a WARBIRD flying at our flying field in memory to all those who suffered!
        Left to right, Mike my son holding Fulton, 6 year old Joe and my self.
        Mike is the pilot of the 1/5 scale Curtiss P-40E and the 1/6 scale ,BF-110 C Messersmitt .
        Wishing you a good day, your friend, George

        59 years later from this photo above of George and his model plane in the 570th. he still enjoys flying model planes

      • It remains hard to believe that no one has commented on these flyers with Marie’s picture on them. Surely there are a few older adult Korean people that still live in the area that once knew Marie?
        • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 7 months, 2 weeks ago

          George @239flathead this news were exactly 1 year ago.
          http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160504001145

          • Coco, in the picture that you posted, it appears to me , that the barracks that housed the enlisted personel of the 570th ord. co. (DAS), during 1958 and 1959, is the first building on the right side of the picture. George Breen

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

          This picture shows the second barracks building that is being repaired after War damage.
          This building was never occupied during the time I served with the 570th. The picture was taken with the camera facing Seoul.
          Note from Veteran George Breen @239flathead

          (If this is one of the still remaining constructions along the wall of Hannam Daero It may soon be demolish with the new development of Hannam Village)

          • Dear Coco and Daniel sending two pictures of the family at our club flying field this Sunday 25th June morning, as we remember the first day of the Korean war! We are having a #WARBIRD flying at our flying field in memory to all those who suffered!
            Left to right, Mike my son holding Fulton, 6 year old Joe and my self.
            Mike is the pilot of the 1/5 scale Curtiss P-40E and the 1/6 scale ,BF-110 C Messersmitt .
            Wishing you a good day, your friend, George @239flathead
            59 years later from this photo above of George and his model plane in the 570th. he still enjoys flying model planes
        • George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 7 months, 2 weeks ago

          Coco, thank you so very much for posting the pictures showing the flyers that were displayed in the search for Marie. How exciting it would be just to have one positive comment! George Breen

        • 2 remaining flyers of Marie are still standing 3 months later. George @239flathead did you see it?
          • The flyers certainly remained in good condition , out side in the weather
            If anyone has any information about Marie or her family , please contact Yongsan Legacy, or any one that posts here. Surely some of you older Koreans remember her? Thank you, George Breen

        • 2 remaining flyers of Marie are still standing 3 months later
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