• George Breen commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 12 months ago

    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?
    • The USFK Command History Office published a pamphlet in early 2000s that has been updated and reprinted in August 2008. The publications title is: ‘Historical Walking Tour of Yongsan Garrison.’ The publication is currently available at the William F. Dean Heritage Center, bldg 4260, located on Yongsan Garrison South Post adjacent to the AAFES Shoppette & Snackbar. If possible go there to get a copy while their office is still in operation.
    • Ms. Sunny Murphy passed away several years ago. She was an older woman when I first met her in 1965. Likewise our Command Reference Librarian, Mrs. Wade, who had her offices in Camp Market passed away due to cancer in the late 1980s. Her husband Mr. James Wade wrote numerous articles published in The Korea Times newspaper in the 60s, 70s and 80s before he also passed away. He wrote everything about Korea and Koreans as well as several columns concerning our US military presence in the ROK. The Korea Times newspaper may have his articles in their archives.
      • I noted that a Background Highlights section was provided in the 1968 Year Book published by HQ, 8th FASCOM which I previously uploaded on this site. It listed the history of designations that preceded 8th FASCOM. These are the dates and designations listed: December 1962 – Eighth Army Support Command was formed at Seoul and given control of all Eighth U.S. Army combat support units for administration, discipline and morale and welfare activities. August 1963 – EASCOM absorbed the former Seoul Area Command (SAC) and took over its mission in the Army service area, providing administration support to tenant units, activities and installations. January 1964 – EASOM became a modified Field Army Support Command. Most of its assets from Eighth Army were assigned. June 1964 – EASCOM staff was reorganized as directorates. July 1964 – The combat support structure of EASCOM was reorganized to conform to the FASCOM concept. October 1964 – ASCOM District Command was activated. The former Yongan ASCOM District Command became Yongsan District Command. October 1965 – All EASCOM units were assigned to ASCOM, Yongsan and Humphreys District Commands and Corps Support Brigade (Prov). March 1968 – EASCOM was redesignated Eighth field Army Support Command. As you can see there were numerous changes in the command relationships from December 1962 through March 1968. When I was first assigned to Yongsan Garrison in August 1965, I was on active duty as a Specialist E4, At that time Yongsan Garrison was under HQs, EASCOM as Yongsan District Command. Later when I became a Dept. of the Army Civilian in May 1966, I worked as a GS-3 in a 30-day temporary job with HQs, 8th US Army, ACof S, G5 (Civil Affairs). After that job I was hired as a Career Conditional GS-3 for HQs, EASCOM, ACofS, Services, as a Logistics Clerk. I was promoted to GS-4 and later to GS-5 in the Logistics Branch. Before transferring from this command it was redesignated HQs, 8th FASCOM. I was transferred and promoted to GS-7 to work as a Civil Affairs Specialist in the International Relations Branch, ACofS, G5 (Civil Affairs). Within two years I was promoted to GS-9 and remained with this office until 15 January 1979 when I resigned from Civil Service. I worked in the commercial world until May 1982 when I was rehired to work with HQ, UNC/USFK/EUSA, Public Affairs Office, Community Relations Division. More will be posted as to my other assignments in future postings on this website. Stay tuned!

        • This is a photo of the HQs, 8th FASCOM bldg in 1968. This bldg was previously HQs, EASCOM. My supervisor and for a short while my office was located in this building while it was EASCOM. Later my supervisor transferred to Hialeah Compound in Busan. My new supervisor expanded his office area and my desk was moved to a quonset hut set in the road to the left of the building (the quonset was removed prior to this photo being taken). I’ll post it later..
        • Here is the quonset hut that was previously located at the left side of this photo where I worked for several months. Later, our team was moved to another temporary structure on South Post in advance of this building being destroyed to make way for a parking area on the south side of bldg 2372, HQ, 8th US Army, Public Affairs Office, SOFA and the ACof G1. Bldg 2372 is located to the left of the quonset as you look at the photo. HQ, EASCOM would be to the right side.
        • I am not shown in the photo above as I was in a group photo with the Food Service folks in the temporary structure located on South Post near the Music Theater (large quonset) that was under construction in 1968. Seeing these old buildings brings back memories and I am happy to share them with anyone who may remember these old bldgs and places on Yongsan Garrison.
          • @janowell do you recall the name of the persons in this photo where you are at the right hand side? Are you still in touch with them?

            • Personnel in the photo above, from left to right are: CW2 Adams, CW2 Carolina, MSG Thorne, SSG Brummett, and myself (John Nowell). I looked through my copy of the 8th FASCOM Yearbook for full names of the people, but sadly only rank and last names were provided on all of the photographs in the publication. I have not been in touch with these people on a daily basis since October 1968. I do not recall whether these Soldiers returned for another tour in Korea. As I indicated in other postings, I was selected and promoted to a Civil Affairs Specialist position with HQ, 8th Army, ACofS, G5 (Civil Affairs) in October 1968 and my path was directed toward focusing on the Community Relations Activity Councils active in all of the remote US Army Installations throughout Korea. So, my daily contact with the folks assigned in the HQ, 8th FASCOM were diminished. I did see some of these Soldiers from time to time at dining facilities and or shopping in the Post Exchange. We exchanged small conversations, but nothing beyond that. I have from time to time wondered where they went on their next assignment, but no one I knew had any further information about them. I might add that I was only 26 years old at the time this photo was taken. The Soldiers in this photo were much older than I and that would put them five, ten or fifteen years older than me. I was told that SSG Brummett had passed away, but I do not have any written confirmation of that. If anyone recognizes any of the four people and has information about them, please make a comment on this site.

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

      • In 1958, I was attending my Junior year in Anaheim Union High School in Anaheim, California. I hadn’t yet thought about Korea. That didn’t happen until the fall of 1964 when I was notified that I was placed on levy for duty in South Korea with the 1st Cavalry Division. More to my story in other Topics on this site.

      • While reviewing the 1968 HQ & HQ Company, 8th FASCOM Yearbook, I noticed a page missing from the album posted on a website listing all the US military camps in Korea as well as having a partial list of Yearbooks published for several units in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I am uploading that missing page here for Yongsanites who may remember this yearbook. As I was looking at the online pages of the album, I immediately notice that the page where my photo was located was not shown on that website. Anyone have more information about HQ, Company, 8th FASCOM is welcome to add their comments on this posting.
        • In the photo for the previous posting, note the large quonset hut in the background of the group photo at the lower right corner. This was the former Music Theater Building under construction in 1968 on South Post, Yongsan Garrison. The Multi-plex Theater on South Post now occupies this location. Mr. Larry Chandler was the Music Theater Director for the plays, dramas, music productions and a variety of theatrical activities held in this building. In July 1995, the building where the Army Community Services (ACS) and the Yongsan Housing Office were located burned down due to arson. All of these offices were immediately relocated into the Music Theater Quonset bldg; and the Music Theater activities were relocated to the Auditorium located in the Moyer Community Activity Center on Main Post. The auditorium portion of Moyer Community Activity Center was condemned in mid 2000 and no longer exists. A parking lot now occupies this space on the East end of Moyer. After the fire, the former one story bldg was rebuilt as a two-story where the current ACS and Housing offices are located.

      • I just now heard the song, THERE IS A PLACE IN kOREA,. This is my first time hearing the song.
        I served with the 570th ord co., during 1958 and 1959. It could have been on the juke box and I just don’t remember. Great song for “good dancers” ,to dance too!

      • Jason Strother posted an update in the group Group logo of Food StoriesFood Stories 1 year, 2 months ago

        My first apartment in Seoul was smack up against the garrison’s wall in Haebangchon. I wanted to get on the base for one thing Taco Bell. It wasn’t until May 2008 that I was able to convince a friend with a base pass to bring me on post. We dined a little more upscale that night at the Oasis Mexican buffet restaurant at Dragon Hill Lodge. It was a month later that another friend finally brought me to the Bell in north post. At the time, for a civilian, non-base pass holder, Seoul had a limited selection of Mexican restaurants. To me, going on base was an opportunity to indulge in this type of American fast food. However, this all changed in 2010 when Taco Bell opened in Itaewon and has since branched out all over the city. I’ll never forget the thrill I felt during my first visits to the Yongsan Garrison.

      • 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.
        • Mr. Paul Hahn, Jr., famous Trick Shot Golf Artist demonstrated his Golf techniques for the golfing community at Yongsan Garrison South Post on the 8th US Army Golf Course in 1981.
          • I was working at the Naija Hotel, Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in 1981 as the Public Relations Specialist when Paul Hahn, Jr., was on his USO tour to Asia. While he stayed at the Naija, he and I had a great discussion. During our talks, we found out that we had graduated from Anaheim Union High School the same year in 1959. But, out of the 1,200 seniors in our class we never had a class together or knew of one another. He and I shared our time in Anaheim. He told me he didn’t attend AUHS very often as he was caddying for Mr. James Garner at golf courses in LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. He said that when Garner was losing a game, he would have Paul go to the clubhouse and have a PA announcement calling for Garner to come in. Garner would tell the others in his foursome he had to take the call and could Paul take his place to the end of the game. Of course the others didn’t know Paul was an expert and Paul would win back the holes Garner had lost and in the end, Paul won the game for Garner. I think that was a joke, but Paul said Garner had to do this a few times to win the game, HA, HA.

        • Information regarding the First ever Icicle Open Tournament held at the 8th US Army Golf Course in January 1977.

        • 1960 Map of Seoul, Korea, and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul.
          This is a 1960 map of Seoul and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul. The map apparently was sold for $0.25 to soldiers stationed in Korea in the early 1960’s – see the price sticker on the folder used to contain this map. The true physical dimensions of this portion of the map are 14.5 X 21.5 inches – the entire map is 29 X 21.5 inches.
          * credit : Bill Smothers
          1960 Map of Seoul, Korea, and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul.

          • 1960 Map of Seoul, Korea, and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul. This is a 1960 map of Seoul and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul. The map apparently was sold for $0.25 to soldiers stationed in Korea in the early 1960’s – see the price sticker on the folder used to contain this map. The true physical dimensions of this portion of the map are 14.5 X 21.5 inches – the entire map is 29 X 21.5 inches. * credit : Bill Smothers https://www.flickr.com/photos/smothers/343609453/in/album-72157594519083525/

          • 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.
        • George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 year, 6 months ago

          It is sometimes sad , and it is sometimes beautiful, how my mind just will not let some things be lost in the past. It has been almost 58 years sense I left south Korea and Marie. I continue to remember her as she appears in the photos I have of her , back when she was 24 years old! These memories are priceless and I will continue to hold them in my heart. George Breen

          • I remember the 570th NCO club so well, And I remember the 1950’s music that was played on the Juke Box.
            Marie and I would attend the movie that was shown there on Sunday nights and she and I would play Bingo at the club every Wednesday. Every on would pitch in a few bucks, (MPC) , and Marie and I did win a small amount of money quite often. It almost brings tears , as I think of those days gone by!
            Lots of Korean girls dressed in American style clothing of the times, would always be there , and each girl had an American name!

          • I forgot to tell in my comment that Marie and I was at the 570th NCO club, the night the ” Kim Sisters” entertained the troops . The sisters sang many American songs. Very Good.

          • I love the title of this group! Very good thinking Coco! The name is both mysterious and interesting!

        • George Breen posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 1 year, 6 months ago

          It would make a perfect Thanksgiving, to locate Marie

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