• I have posted a copy of Page 6 from the “Historical Walking Tour of Yongsan Garrison” which states in note #12. “Bldg. 1666: the Japanese hospital; today headquarters for the Joint US Military Advisory Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K).” Apparently the USFK Command History Office has incorrectly listed bldg 1666 as the Japanese hospital, instead of Japanese ‘Officer quarters.’ The map posted previously in reference to this error was obtained from the Citizen’s Hall located on the 1st floor of Seoul City Hall.
  • The building on the right is on the East side of Main Post near the Kimchi Pot Gate #21 (formerly Gate #3). That bldg is where the current HQs of JUSMAG-K (former KMAG HQ) is located. The bldg on the left was destroyed long ago. When I arrived in Yongsan in August 1965 that area was vacant or may have had temporary structures. Today that space is where the Main Post Chapel is located. The buildings were used as Officer quarters for the Japanese. Some descriptions indicated that these buildings were used as a hospital for the Japanese soldiers. However, a map of this area during the Japanese occupation shows that the hospital was located behind these two buildings in an area where the former KMAG Officer’s Club (Kimchi Kabana Club) was located and not far from where the Navy Club was in operation. Anyone with more definitive description is most welcome to comment on this posting.
  • JUSMAG-K was KMAG before 1971.
    KMAG played an very important role in ROK-US military relationship!

    Korean Military Advisory Group(KMAG)
    – From Wikipedia

    The Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG) (officially United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea) was a United States military unit of the Korean War. It helped to train and provide logistic support for the Republic of Korea Army.

    History
    Following the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet union split up the administration of Korea, with the United States taking charge of the southern half. Beginning in January 1946, the U.S. military government in the south began to form a Korean defense force, and 18 lieutenants from the U.S. Army’s 40th Infantry Division were tasked with organizing eight Korea Constabulary Regiments (one for each province,), which were to act as a police force. The Constabulary grew rapidly, from 2,000 men in April 1946 to 50,000 in March 1948. When the ROK declared independence on 15 August 1948, the Constabulary was absorbed into the Republic of Korea Army, and the United States created a Provisional Military Advisory Group (PMAG) to continue the work of training and advising the fledgling South Korean military, led by Brigadier General William Lynn Roberts. The 100 American advisors in Korea, working under the auspices of the Department of Internal Security (DIS), were reassigned to PMAG at this time, and the unit’s roster was expanded.

    When North Korean forces invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950, KMAG became the United States Military Advisory Group, Korea, 8668th Army Unit, under the command of the United States Eighth Army. Brigadier General Francis W. Farrell took command of the unit on 25 July. On 28 December 1950, it was renamed as the 8202nd Army Unit.

    • The building on the right is on the East side of Main Post near the Kimchi Pot Gate #21 (formerly Gate #3). That bldg is where the current HQs of JUSMAG-K (former KMAG HQ) is located. The bldg on the left was destroyed long ago. When I arrived in Yongsan in August 1965 that area was vacant or may have had temporary structures. Today that space is where the Main Post Chapel is located. The buildings were used as Officer quarters for the Japanese. Some descriptions indicated that these buildings were used as a hospital for the Japanese soldiers. However, a map of this area during the Japanese occupation shows that the hospital was located behind these two buildings in an area where the former KMAG Officer’s Club (Kimchi Kabana Club) was located and not far from where the Navy Club was in operation. Anyone with more definitive description is most welcome to comment on this posting.
    • I have posted a copy of Page 6 from the “Historical Walking Tour of Yongsan Garrison” which states in note #12. “Bldg. 1666: the Japanese hospital; today headquarters for the Joint US Military Advisory Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K).” Apparently the USFK Command History Office has incorrectly listed bldg 1666 as the Japanese hospital, instead of Japanese ‘Officer quarters.’ The map posted previously in reference to this error was obtained from the Citizen’s Hall located on the 1st floor of Seoul City Hall.
  • Current Joint US Miltary Affairs Group in Korea (JUSMAG-K), which used to be an official residence for Japanese officers, carries a rich history as it was used as an accommodation for the delegations of Soviet Union attending the Joint US-Soviet Commission held at Deoksugung Palace to discuss the matters concerning the trusteeship of Korea and establishment of interim government pursuant to the results of Moscow Conference right after Korea’s independence. Since the commission was a critical meeting for Korea as the fate of Korea depended on the outcome of this commission, the US military authorities provided this residence for officers in order to protect the safety of the delegations of Soviet Union. Another interesting notion was that this building, once used by the delegations of Soviet Union during the Joint US-Soviet Commission, became the HQs of KMAG as KMAG(Korean Military Advisory Group) moved from Daegu to the Yongsan Base in 1955 right after the armistice agreement was reached following the end of the Korean War.

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