Note from Doug Ricker:
I was an intern in this building from 1983-1984. Then I worked as a budget analyst in that building 1985-1992. Then AGAIN 2005-2014.
I was selected for the HQDA Comptroller Intern program in June 1983. When I reported, I noticed that there was no air conditioning in the building. However, the Garrison allowed employees to chip in and purchase window ACs for the office. As for the base, I loved having the golf course on South Post. It was very convenient. During the summers, you could go to the course after work and get in nine holes before dark. The golf club had tee time drawings on Wednesday. There was major bonding during the drawings. Our group would have someone go to the club around 4:00 in order to stake out tables as the club would be packed. The clubhouse was Commiskeys. Those were the days. Great memories from those times.
I also remember in the early 80s the command was big on curbing black market activities. For a period of time, they would have uniformed military at the checkout lanes in the PX and Commissary to review what the patrons were buying. They would wear brassards that had “PR” on them. PR stood for Purchase Reviewer. If a patron would purchase a suspected black market item, the PR would anvil a second card and it was forwarded to the ration control office. Not sure what was done with the card but the PR program was killed after not too long of a period.
During my last tour in Korea, 2005-2014, I attended a briefing to one of the Generals on a subject that I can’t recall. During the course of the briefing, the General commented that he had never been to an installation that had so many clubs on it. I recall at the time I was thinking he should have been at Yongsan in the 80s when there was probably twice as many clubs than in the 2000s. There was the Crossroads, Hideaway, Frontier, Golf Club, JUSMAG Club, Officers Club, Navy Club, Rod and Gun, Embassy Club, Hartell House, later the Main Post Club, another club inside the gate by the KSC headquarters. I’m sure I missed a few but there were a lot of places where one could bond.
One of my funniest memories is from 1984. The MPs patrolled the parking lot between our building and the Arcade/Library. If a car was not moved in a 24 hour period, they would ticket the car. A coworker had a Honda Accord and he was scheduled to go on a one month TDY. His wife worked at Army Audit on South Post and she was frequently TDY throughout Korea. My coworker gave me his car keys and asked me to move his car everyday to keep it from being ticketed. I did that but most days I found the car parked somewhere other than where I left it. I thought his wife was moving it as well but I wanted to make sure so I moved it again. One day my coworker’s wife came to my office and asked if her husband had asked me to move his car. I said he had and I was moving it every day. She said that was funny because there were tickets all over his car. We then walked outside and I pointed to the vehicle and she said that’s not his car. It was the Honda Accord of the Chief of Finance IT office. He was not happy.
The IT guy said he thought he was losing his mind. I went outside with him and showed him the my coworker’s key worked on the IT’s car as well.
The Yongsan Legacy project proposes to capture the historical and cultural legacy of the site and to offer a unique experience for the park visitors in the future.
ADD. 435-1, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea