• John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Great photos!

  • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Great photos!

  • Thank you, Coco and Daniel, for the excellent presentations of the people and their recorded messages to the public who were able to see this exhibit while it was at the Korean Wars Memorial, “Yongsan, The Untouchable Land” exhibit. What a very talented effort to get all these people photographed and voice recordings, life-size photos created that provides a spectrum of the variety of people who made up the community that worked, lived or played on Yongsan Garrison over the years. You both deserve a fantastic award for this immense project. I hope to see this collection displayed in the future at some other significant recognition of the people who made Yongsan Garrison what it has been since 1945 to the present day.
    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Thank you, Coco and Daniel, for the excellent presentations of the people and their recorded messages to the public who were able to see this exhibit while it was at the Korean Wars Memorial, “Yongsan, The Untouchable Land” exhibit. What a very talented effort to get all these people photographed and voice recordings, life-size photos created that provides a spectrum of the variety of people who made up the community that worked, lived or played on Yongsan Garrison over the years. You both deserve a fantastic award for this immense project. I hope to see this collection displayed in the future at some other significant recognition of the people who made Yongsan Garrison what it has been since 1945 to the present day.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Al, I am no longer in touch with Paul Kim and I was told that Frank Hickey passed away in Hawaii several years ago.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Al, I am no longer in touch with Paul Kim and I was told that Frank Hickey passed away in Hawaii several years ago.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Al, I am no longer in touch with Paul Kim and I was told that Frank Hickey passed away in Hawaii several years ago.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Al, I am no longer in touch with Paul Kim and I was told that Frank Hickey passed away in Hawaii several years ago.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Yes, I was deeply involved in Community Relations for the PAO and several Korean organizations. I was heavily involved with the People-to-People, International, Korea Hqs; the English Speaking Lions Club; The Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch; The Korean-American Association; and I escorted and served as Master of Ceremonies for the ‘Hello Korea Show,’ at a majority of the US military installations located all over the Republic. This show was a two-hour presentation to inform our US service personnel about the Korean Culture, customs, music and dance. I really enjoyed this program as I got to introduce the performers and dress up in Korean Hanbok with the rubber shoes, and the tobacco pipe stuck down my back. I was fully decked out. I have to admit it, I am a hammmm!!! So, it is possible you saw me on stage on the post or perhaps at the World Cup Theater Restaurant in downtown Seoul. I met the owner there and he asked me to MC some of his night shows for visiting US Generals and other VIPs on occasion.

      • I’m sure I remember you from the golf course. I definitely remember Billy Fullerton and Rolf Docterman from the 19th hole. Did you MC the show at Walker Hill? when I arrived in country we were taken on a full day tour of Seoul ending in a traditional Korean dinner and show at Walker Hill. this was 1976.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Yes, I was deeply involved in Community Relations for the PAO and several Korean organizations. I was heavily involved with the People-to-People, International, Korea Hqs; the English Speaking Lions Club; The Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch; The Korean-American Association; and I escorted and served as Master of Ceremonies for the ‘Hello Korea Show,’ at a majority of the US military installations located all over the Republic. This show was a two-hour presentation to inform our US service personnel about the Korean Culture, customs, music and dance. I really enjoyed this program as I got to introduce the performers and dress up in Korean Hanbok with the rubber shoes, and the tobacco pipe stuck down my back. I was fully decked out. I have to admit it, I am a hammmm!!! So, it is possible you saw me on stage on the post or perhaps at the World Cup Theater Restaurant in downtown Seoul. I met the owner there and he asked me to MC some of his night shows for visiting US Generals and other VIPs on occasion.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      Hello Al, Yes, the money prize was presented at the end of the game that day. Paul Kim was an officer working for the UNC/USFK/EUSA, Public Affairs Office. He was only there for one year. I have been in Korea since January 1965. First at Camp Casey, then transferred to Yongsan in August 1965. Out of 53 years, been in Korea for 50 years. Majority of that time was working for PAO, UNC/USFK/EUSA, Community Relations Division with Mr. George D. Kim. Billy Fullerton was the Chief of Public Information Division and he with Rolf Docterman came up with the idea for the Icycle Open. But, the photo above was during a summer Two-man Best ball tournament. If I recall Paul and I had a net 56 due to our high handicaps.

    • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

      I never saw this building before. I would need to speak to Scott Forey regarding this photo. If said building once existed, it is gone forever. It is quite a futuristic structure for Seoul in 1972. If it existed, there would have been news articles about it and the Yongsan Community would have been abuzz about it. If anyone out there has also a recollection of this building, please provide your comments to this posting. The floor with the circular set of windows would appear to contain a revolving floor perhaps for a restaurant or for observing the surrounding area. During President Park Chung Hui’s tenure, he didn’t allow for buildings of this sort unless it was a ROK Government entity. Need additional information from Forey on this photo. The former ROKG CIA chief, Lee, Hu Rack, had a secret residence outside of Gate 19. As you exit that Gate there was a private road to the right going up the hill alongside our perimeter fence. Lee was deeply engaged with secret meetings with Kim, Il Sung in Pyongyang. In fact, he orchestrated the first ever North-South gathering in Seoul in 1972 held at the Tower Hotel. The Tower Hotel was previously the Anti-Communist Tower. But, due to a lack of hotels in Seoul the tower was converted into the Tower Hotel. It was a big joke on the North Koreans later when they learned of that change. At the meeting, the North Korean delegate asked the South Korean delegate to explain how they had so many foreign cars, such as Benz, carrying all the people to the meetings and suggested that South Korea must have asked all the foreign embassies to loan them their cars to carry this off. The South Korean delegate said YES, you are right, but the bigger task was asking all those foreign embassies to relocate all the tall buildings from their nations to Seoul to impress the North Korean Guests. So, he got the last laugh!

    • I never saw this building before. I would need to speak to Scott Forey regarding this photo. If said building once existed, it is gone forever. It is quite a futuristic structure for Seoul in 1972. If it existed, there would have been news articles about it and the Yongsan Community would have been abuzz about it. If anyone out there has also a recollection of this building, please provide your comments to this posting. The floor with the circular set of windows would appear to contain a revolving floor perhaps for a restaurant or for observing the surrounding area. During President Park Chung Hui’s tenure, he didn’t allow for buildings of this sort unless it was a ROK Government entity. Need additional information from Forey on this photo. The former ROKG CIA chief, Lee, Hu Rack, had a secret residence outside of Gate 19. As you exit that Gate there was a private road to the right going up the hill alongside our perimeter fence. Lee was deeply engaged with secret meetings with Kim, Il Sung in Pyongyang. In fact, he orchestrated the first ever North-South gathering in Seoul in 1972 held at the Tower Hotel. The Tower Hotel was previously the Anti-Communist Tower. But, due to a lack of hotels in Seoul the tower was converted into the Tower Hotel. It was a big joke on the North Koreans later when they learned of that change. At the meeting, the North Korean delegate asked the South Korean delegate to explain how they had so many foreign cars, such as Benz, carrying all the people to the meetings and suggested that South Korea must have asked all the foreign embassies to loan them their cars to carry this off. The South Korean delegate said YES, you are right, but the bigger task was asking all those foreign embassies to relocate all the tall buildings from their nations to Seoul to impress the North Korean Guests. So, he got the last laugh!
      • John Aubry Nowell posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

        Here is a photo of me with Frank Hickey and 1Lt Paul Kim. Paul and I won the best ball tournament at the EUSA Golf Course in 1972 or 1973. I’m not really sure of the year.
        • cool photo! Was this at the end of the game? John are you still in touch with these 2 other people from the photo? Thank you for sharing it

          • Hello Al, Yes, the money prize was presented at the end of the game that day. Paul Kim was an officer working for the UNC/USFK/EUSA, Public Affairs Office. He was only there for one year. I have been in Korea since January 1965. First at Camp Casey, then transferred to Yongsan in August 1965. Out of 53 years, been in Korea for 50 years. Majority of that time was working for PAO, UNC/USFK/EUSA, Community Relations Division with Mr. George D. Kim. Billy Fullerton was the Chief of Public Information Division and he with Rolf Docterman came up with the idea for the Icycle Open. But, the photo above was during a summer Two-man Best ball tournament. If I recall Paul and I had a net 56 due to our high handicaps.

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