• Note from John Aubry Nowell @janowell: This is a very old photograph of the Moyer Service Club (that is what it was called back then). NOTE the word ‘CLUB’ above the bus. Actually, there have been several changes to this building. The one significant change is the Theater portion of the Moyer was destroyed in the mid-2000s due to a weakened structural problem in the ceiling of the Theater. The footprint of the old Theater is now a parking lot.
    • YongsanLegacy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      Note from John Aubry Nowell @janowell: This is a very old photograph of the Moyer Service Club (that is what it was called back then). NOTE the word ‘CLUB’ above the bus. Actually, there have been several changes to this building. The one significant change is the Theater portion of the Moyer was destroyed in the mid-2000s due to a weakened structural problem in the ceiling of the Theater. The footprint of the old Theater is now a parking lot.

    • Note from John Nowell @janowell:
      Yes, I remember Mrs. Irene D. Lee very well. I had occasion to meet with her on numerous activities. She was always pleasant to work with. May she RIP.
      • YongsanLegacy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

        Note from John Nowell @janowell:
        Yes, I remember Mrs. Irene D. Lee very well. I had occasion to meet with her on numerous activities. She was always pleasant to work with. May she RIP.

      • Note from @janowell
        Mr. Nam: I recall the incident very well. I was out of the country on the day of the murders but arrived in time to witness the preparations from the Headquarters, UNC/USFK/EUSA, Public Affairs Office, Community Relations Division where I worked as a Community Relations Specialist. Those were tense days, hours and minutes for the command group and those brave US and ROK military personnel who were directly involved in the ‘Paul Bunyon’ Task Force. Kim, Il Sung actually made a verbal apology to our side, but he didn’t provide it in a written document. General Richard G. Stilwell was extended on his regular tour of duty as CINCUNC for this action. When he retired from active duty he championed the construction of the Korea War Monument that now stands in the Mall in Washington, D.C. He visited our office to talk to Mr. George D. Kim, Chief, Community Relations Division, regarding Gen Stilwell’s effort to construct the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. He told us that Samsung and Hyundai both gave $1,000,000 each toward the construction of that monument. Sadly, Gen Stilwell died prior to the groundbreaking and completion of the monument. His original designed included a statue of a Korean Service Corps (A-Frame Army civilian) in the formation. But, due to lack of funding the number of statues were reduced including the KSC member. Later, Chairman Chi, Kap Chong, Chairman, UNKWAA, was able to have the KSC participation added to the Wall where the names of the deceased are listed.

        Thanks for sharing this story and the attached photos and write up.

        Warm Regards,

        John

        • YongsanLegacy posted a new activity comment 6 months, 3 weeks ago

          Note from @janowell
          Mr. Nam: I recall the incident very well. I was out of the country on the day of the murders but arrived in time to witness the preparations from the Headquarters, UNC/USFK/EUSA, Public Affairs Office, Community Relations Division where I worked as a Community Relations Specialist. Those were tense days, hours and minutes for the command group and those brave US and ROK military personnel who were directly involved in the ‘Paul Bunyon’ Task Force. Kim, Il Sung actually made a verbal apology to our side, but he didn’t provide it in a written document. General Richard G. Stilwell was extended on his regular tour of duty as CINCUNC for this action. When he retired from active duty he championed the construction of the Korea War Monument that now stands in the Mall in Washington, D.C. He visited our office to talk to Mr. George D. Kim, Chief, Community Relations Division, regarding Gen Stilwell’s effort to construct the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. He told us that Samsung and Hyundai both gave $1,000,000 each toward the construction of that monument. Sadly, Gen Stilwell died prior to the groundbreaking and completion of the monument. His original designed included a statue of a Korean Service Corps (A-Frame Army civilian) in the formation. But, due to lack of funding the number of statues were reduced including the KSC member. Later, Chairman Chi, Kap Chong, Chairman, UNKWAA, was able to have the KSC participation added to the Wall where the names of the deceased are listed.

          Thanks for sharing this story and the attached photos and write up.

          Warm Regards,

          John

        • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 6 months, 4 weeks ago

          Did you get the signature from Michael Jackson when he visited Yongsan Garrison in 1996?
          John Nowell @janowell ( at the hand right side of both photos) who was the PAO at that moment shared these photos with us.

        • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of maps of Yongsanmaps of Yongsan 7 months, 2 weeks ago

          Note from @janowell John Nowell: People who lived, worked or played on Yongsan Garrison Main or South Post may remember some of the bldgs and/or services provided for their enjoyment here. Share this with your family members and friends who have knowledge of your time in Seoul.

          Here is a map of Yongsan South Post showing the Thrift Shop on the parking lot adjacent to the USOM Club in 1964. I received this copy of the sketch map from Ms. Sunny Murphy, Chief Librarian at the Yongsan Library when it was located beside Knight Field. Sadly, it doesn’t show the DoDDS bldg where the SAHS Student’s Dorm was located at the corner of 8th Army Drive and the street down the hill from the USOM Club. It is a sketch map and not to scale in parts of the map.

          • John Nowell: Note the Skeet Range to the right side where Krzyzowski Hills (Itaewon Acres) now sit. Note Gen Coulter’s Statue located at the entrance to Itaewon. Note also that the HQs, 728th MP Bn is where the current SAHS is located. Check the legend for other places identified.

        • Note from John Nowell @janowell: I Worked here from January 1981 through September 1981 as Public Relations Specialist. I proposed the name for our snack bar as “Port A Call Snack Bar. I also secured a 66% discount for all US military and USFK personnel and family members for dinner and show at the World Cup Theater Restaurant. We sold tickets at our front desk without any mark up. This discount was provided by the owner of the restaurant because he and his family were evacuated from Won San in North Korea by our US forces in 1951 to Busan. He later served as a KATUSA with I Corps HQ in Camp Red Cloud in the early 60s. He was and still is very appreciative of our nation coming to Korea in their time of need. And he still appreciates our presence here today. His name is Mr. Jung, Sang Hae. I see him from time to time and never forgets to express his undying appreciation for American people
          • Coco Cugat posted a new activity comment 7 months, 3 weeks ago

            Note from John Nowell @janowell: I Worked here from January 1981 through September 1981 as Public Relations Specialist. I proposed the name for our snack bar as “Port A Call Snack Bar. I also secured a 66% discount for all US military and USFK personnel and family members for dinner and show at the World Cup Theater Restaurant. We sold tickets at our front desk without any mark up. This discount was provided by the owner of the restaurant because he and his family were evacuated from Won San in North Korea by our US forces in 1951 to Busan. He later served as a KATUSA with I Corps HQ in Camp Red Cloud in the early 60s. He was and still is very appreciative of our nation coming to Korea in their time of need. And he still appreciates our presence here today. His name is Mr. Jung, Sang Hae. I see him from time to time and never forgets to express his undying appreciation for American people

          • Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of YSL TALKSYSL TALKS 8 months, 1 week ago

            27th June 2017 at USOHQ’s 2nd Floor. Talk #3 John Nowell. @janowell
          • Comment from John Nowell @janowell :That is before I arrived in Korea.
            • Coco Cugat posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

              Comment from John Nowell @janowell :That is before I arrived in Korea.

            • John Nowell @janowell: When I arrived at Yongsan in August 1965, this view would have been the same until 1968 through 1969 when numerous apartment complexes were being built in Dongbu Ichon-dong on the north Han River bank. The Ssangyong Cement Factory was in operation about that time as well in Ichon-dong. Later, that land was used for construction of the Apartment complex that still stands there to this day. In the foreground to the right over the fence was at one time the fairway for the 18th hole. The 8th Army Golf Course was a very tight course with fairways for each hole running sometimes parallel to each other and it was difficult to keep a golf ball in the fairway being played. Occasionally, the golfer had to hit his golf ball from an opposing fairway back into the current fairway being played. Hooking or slicing the golf ball was a problem for the hacker and novice golfers. See two stories about the “Icicle Open” played on the 8th Army Golf Course posted elsewhere on the yongsanlegacy.org website.
              • Coco Cugat posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

                John Nowell @janowell: When I arrived at Yongsan in August 1965, this view would have been the same until 1968 through 1969 when numerous apartment complexes were being built in Dongbu Ichon-dong on the north Han River bank. The Ssangyong Cement Factory was in operation about that time as well in Ichon-dong. Later, that land was used for construction of the Apartment complex that still stands there to this day. In the foreground to the right over the fence was at one time the fairway for the 18th hole. The 8th Army Golf Course was a very tight course with fairways for each hole running sometimes parallel to each other and it was difficult to keep a golf ball in the fairway being played. Occasionally, the golfer had to hit his golf ball from an opposing fairway back into the current fairway being played. Hooking or slicing the golf ball was a problem for the hacker and novice golfers. See two stories about the “Icicle Open” played on the 8th Army Golf Course posted elsewhere on the yongsanlegacy.org website.

              • Comment from John Nowell. @janowell Just to the left of the Library (former PX) and adjacent to the Finance bldg was a small outlet for the Stars and Stripes Bookstore in the late 60s, through the 70s, 80s and 90s. That was where you would get a copy of the Stars and Stripes as well as shop for magazines, other newspapers and books. That was when the daily life on Yongsan Garrison was very robust with people all over the installation. There was so much going on throughout the day and night, until curfew that is.
                • Coco Cugat posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

                  Comment from John Nowell. @janowell Just to the left of the Library (former PX) and adjacent to the Finance bldg was a small outlet for the Stars and Stripes Bookstore in the late 60s, through the 70s, 80s and 90s. That was where you would get a copy of the Stars and Stripes as well as shop for magazines, other newspapers and books. That was when the daily life on Yongsan Garrison was very robust with people all over the installation. There was so much going on throughout the day and night, until curfew that is.

                • Note from John Nowell @janowell: The beginning of the move from Yongsan Garrison to Camp Humphreys is underway as can be seen from the removal of the 8th US Army War Memorial from Yongsan Garrison Main Post in June 2017. This monument in addition to the other monuments will be erected near the new Headquarters, 8th US Army in Camp Humphreys in July 2017.
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