• This photo taken by Coco Cugat was taken in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Snack Bar on Camp Coiner. This facility is still in use as of this posting, but its closure is pending the removal of US military units and personnel from this camp in the near future.
    • Shin Jung-Hyeon who performed in Yongsan Base in 1959 for the first time , Korea’s godfather of rock honored by Fender
      Story by Jason Strother, PRI’s “The World” December 22, 2009
    • Veteran John Nowell @janowell and Jackie Park sharing memories from the old days inside the Yongsan Base
      This photo taken in march 2017 in a cafeteria of main post. Yongsan-Seoul
      • This photo taken by Coco Cugat was taken in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Snack Bar on Camp Coiner. This facility is still in use as of this posting, but its closure is pending the removal of US military units and personnel from this camp in the near future.

    • Jackie Park together with Shin Jung-Hyeon made it! They first performed in Yongsan on 1959.
      Spring Variety Show. This attached photo shows the vocal and guitarist Jackie Park, currently a music promoter for Korean pop, showing on his mobile a photo from both of them during one of their first performances from 1959
      • In 1966, I went to the then USOM Club on Yongsan South Post to have dinner and to see a show. The ‘Sons of the Pioneers’ were performing there and I was able to meet and talk to Mr. Pat Brady. He played the bass violin, but more importantly he was a movie star and a regular on the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans TV show. It was a thrill meeting and talking to him. In the TV show he drove a jeep that he called ‘Nelly Bell.’ The ‘Sons of the Pioneers’ also played backup for Roy Rogers when he sang in the movies.

      • There are few Americans who have witnessed the changes that have taken place in the Republic of Korea over the past 50 years. I am one of those who have spent over 48 years in Korea during the past 52 years. I was a young man in January 1965 when I first set foot on Korean soil. I came to Korea as a US Army Soldier (draftee) assigned to HQ, 7th Infantry Division stationed in Camp Casey. But, my life took a very different path when I was reassigned to duty at Yongsan Garrison in August 1965.
        I met a Department of the Army Civilian working in an office near mine and realized that I could remain in Korea, if I applied for a DAC position after my separation from the US Army. So, I took a civil service exam with the Seoul Civilian Personnel Office and was accepted for work as a GS3, Clerk-Typist.
        One thing led to the next and in October 1968, I was hired as a Civil Affairs Specialist with the HQs, 8th US Army, Assistant Chief of Staff (ACofS), G5, International Relations Office. This position offered me a vast change in my duties from being a clerk-typist and I became involved in numerous programs and projects to enhance and maintain the standing and prestige of the US military in Korea.
        In June 1972, our IRO was consolidated with the Community Relations Division of the Public Affairs Office, HQ, UNC/USFK/EUSA. In this capacity I became a Community Relations Specialist. Additional programs were tasked to me and one of these programs was the ‘Hello Korea’ Program which I began handling in 1973.
        I selected this program to upload on Yongsan Legacy to show the effort by PRAK and United States Forces Korea to introduce the Korean Culture and Customs to our American Forces stationed in Korea for better awareness and understanding. The motto for the program was ‘Better World for Better Understanding.’
        I coordinated performance dates with the majority of US military installations throughout South Korea. The Korean Agency, which provided this program, was the Public Relations Association of Korea (PRAK). In addition to scheduling the location of performances, I also escorted the performers to these locations using our US Army Buses.
        Although this program had been in operation in the late 60s, in 1973 PRAK revised the program. Originally it was comprised of a panel of American and Korean experts on Korea. Each panel member would give a brief introduction and field questions from US military personnel attending the presentation to gain a better understanding about their host nation.
        The revised program provided more entertainment for the audience through a short Taekwon-do demonstration followed by Traditional Korean dances, musical instrument explanation and performances; and songs sung the Moo Gung Hwa Chorus (seventeen young girls) from the Kwangtan-myon Orphanage.
        The President of PRAK at that time was Admiral (ret) Sohn, won Il. His Special Assistant for this program was Mr. Kim, Hyung Sik who worked with me in scheduling the logistics for getting the performers to the installations.
        The show consisted of: a 15 minute Taekwon-do team, demonstrating their unique style of martial arts; followed by a Korean Folk Dance team, led by Ms. Yi, Sook Hyang; a noted Korean traditional musician, Mr. Kim, Jung Suk; and the singing and talented members of the Moo Gung Hwa Chorus.
        Many Americans had misconceptions about Korea. One of the possible reasons for this misunderstanding could be a very successful Hollywood Movie called ‘MASH’ (Mobile Army surgical Hospital). This drama recounted the Korean War of ‘50 to ‘53. The movie was released in 1970 and was followed by an eleven year TV series of the same name from 1972 to 1983. Reruns of the hit comedy continued for several years thereafter. The Korean War provided the backdrop for the comedy of doctors and nurses who performed surgery on wounded Americans Soldiers. Of course there were a variety of stories about life for the US Soldiers serving in Korea during this harsh time. But, a by-product of this sit-com painted a negative image of Korea and Koreans for the American public at large.
        It is no wonder that Americans didn’t have a very good impression of Korea when a Soldier was sent on orders to serve a one-year tour of duty here. And, this was equally applied to the married military personnel who served a two-year tour in Korea!
        To better understand Korea, its people, culture, customs, history and language, I took classes with the University of Maryland on post. My knowledge grew and I was able to serve as the master of ceremonies for the show and in fact changed from my civilian attire into Korean Hanbok during the Taekwondo presentation so I could surprise the audience when I came out to introduce the Korean dancers and singers.
        At one point during the musical performance I would ask for volunteers to come on stage to try their luck in playing a tune on one of the Korean instruments such as the Piri or Tanso during Mr. Kim’s performance. Some Soldiers managed to get a high-pitched sound out of the piri, and the audience got a laugh watching the effort. But the Soldiers would really get excited when Mr. Kim played ‘Danny Boy’ on the piri.
        This show brought laughter throughout the theater and a new awareness by the US Soldiers about their host nation and people.
        When I first arrived in Korea, I wouldn’t have given two nickels for the Republic of Korea’s chances of playing with the big nations as it is doing today.”
        During my stay in Korea I was encouraged to participate directly in numerous organizations which all have the mission of enhancing and improving host nation and visiting foreigners with each other. Such organizations include: People-to-People, International (1966); Korean American Association (1970); Royal Asiatic Society (1971); and the Sae Seoul ‘English Speaking’ Lions Club (1974). This is just a short list. I have many, many other associations that I will cover in future uploads to this Yongsan Legacy website.
        I have learned much from my long stay in Korea. I basically matured as a young man in Korea. And, I was always and continue to be curious about the History and culture of this very old civilization.
        As a descendant of the Cherokee Indian Nation, I believe that Korean blood may flow through my veins.
        I now teach English to preschoolers at the Sunsa World Diakonia Foundation Preschool in Seongnam.
    • USIS in Yongsan was in charge of these auditions.

    • This is a registration card that was given to the musicians.
      Does anyone know about Fabulous-7 Show?
      Does anyone know the officer who signed on it?

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