• YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Finding Marie …Finding Marie … 4 days, 11 hours ago

    DAS 25 was my truck. Both the truck and my self was assigned to shop one.

    Shop one’s G.I. forman during 1956 and 1957 had painted the truck with gloss paint! This was a Real NO!! Because in the event of combat, the gloss paint was a shining target! I fought with the “higher ups”, the duration of my tour to keep this paint on the truck.

    The GI i replaced told me this.

    What you are calling the UN village , was opposite the direction of Seoul. I can’t remember directions now. And what you are calling the Han river is correct.

    The truck is pointed in the direction of the Barracks. And where you are pointing the arrow to the road is correct, but it is located on the other side of the roof top where the arrow stops. I think I remember the building as being the paint shop.

    The building to the right of the road arrow, had a steel door and it had bullet holes remaining from top to bottom!

    I think I remember the building toward the Han river as our , paint storage shed! this was the 570th ord co (DAS) in 1958

    Thank you , George

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Fire DepartmentFire Department 6 days, 17 hours ago

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    Note from former Yongsan Fire Chief Temporado:

    I really appreciate the work you are doing in capturing the historical and human stories surrounding Yongsan Army Garrison (Yongsan.).
    To me Yongsan has always been more than an Army Base but also about all the people that passed through Yongsan or that have had the chance to visit or live on Yongsan. As Pat and Tim might have told you my name is Alex Temporado and I was assigned to Yongsan as the Fire Chief from March 2003 thru October 2015. I lived right on Yongsan in the Itaewon Acres Housing Division. During 2010 our Garrison Commander, the Col Huber, asked if we had a Fire Station Dalmatian Mascot. I told Col Huber that we had an older Dalmatian Sparky but that Sparky was already 8-years-old when it came to Yongsan and not good with children. Dalmatians are known to be very protective, since Dalmatians were originally breed to protect horse driven coaches in Europe.

    As a group, our firefighters and leaders realized that we would have to find a puppy Dalmatian that would be raised around children and adults and would be people orientated. Thus, began our quest to find a puppy Dalmatian that was around 2-months-old and weaned from its mother. Our search went from Seoul puppy mills to one of our firefighters that found a person online selling 2-month-old Dalmatian puppies just north of Gunsan City. In order to get the pick of the litter, I and Assistant Fire Chief, Mr. Choe, left early on a June 2010 morning. We arrived near Seocheon and soon found the person selling the Dalmatians. The person selling the puppy Dalmatians was not a puppy mill person but raised Dalmatians as a love for the breed. I asked where the puppies are. He then whistled out and called all the Dalmatian puppies out to feed to include the mother and father Dalmatians that were wary of our presence, (reminded me of 101 Dalmatians). There were eight puppies, seven males and one female, including the soon to become Sparky. I watched the puppies play and eat for a few minutes, while the parent Dalmatians watched us very carefully. I noticed one puppy (Sparky) that was not interested in eating but just wanted to play with its brothers and sister. I looked at the puppy’s markings and it was beautifully marked with tiny black spots around its face and tummy. I chose the trouble maker puppy because it seemed to have an outgoing personality and was full of energy. I paid for the puppy and we were off back to Yongsan.

    I carefully held the puppy in my arms while we drove all the way back to Yongsan. As the puppy whimpered, I was saddened by the fact that I had taken the puppy from its family, but felt reassured that it would be loved by our firefighters and community and that it would serve as a great Fire Department Mascot helping to spread fire safety throughout the Yongsan community. By the way, as I held Sparky on my lap, let’s just say Sparky did not like the ride back to Yongsan and had a little mishap on my white shirt! As I had guessed, everyone at Yongsan fell in love with the new Sparky and many people came to see Sparky at the fire station, to include Pat and Tim Mitchell. Sparky helped produce Public Safety Announcement videos and was always well received during our annual Fire Prevention Week Open Houses and Burger Burns.

    As the new Sparky began to get older we realized that it was hard on Sparky, with me and my staff going home at night, and our firefighters busy at work and going to emergencies, Sparky was often left in his room alone. Given that the Yongsan Fire Station is located at a very busy traffic intersection on Yongsan we could not chance Sparky getting hit by a car, which actual did happen and we were very fortunate that Sparky only injured his left hind foot (paw). I soon realized that Sparky would be better off with someone that could give him full time love and care. That is where Pat and Tim Mitchell came in. Pat loved Sparky and would often volunteer to walk and care for Sparky. Although it was hard giving Sparky to the Mitchells, we knew it was in the best interest of Sparky and the Fire Department. Additionally, Sparky would always be part of the Garrison and Fire Department since the Mitchells lived on Yongsan. The rest is history. Sparky is a gorgeous Dalmatian with a firefighter personality, brave and serving. I still miss Sparky but know he is with people that love him very much.

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of I was thereI was there 6 days, 22 hours ago

    Karen Hanzawa
    SAHS Student
    Yongsan Library
    I remember being dropped off there and spending hours reading and looking at books

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of I was thereI was there 6 days, 22 hours ago

    Ira O. Wheeler
    GS13 IT Telecom Program Manager
    1964-66, 1968-70, 1987-2006, 2008-2018
    1st Signal Building and USFK Engineer Building Main post
    Currently resides in USA
  • Note from George breen: Notice the difference in the shine on the boots of the troops arriving and the troops departing! The boots of the troops departing were shined by YOUNG Korean “HOUSE BOYS”! We were not required to have our shoes “spit shined” in the 570th! The troops arriving are probably fresh out of school. I can’t find any rank stripes on any of the jackets of the troops arriving!

    Very good photo and very meaningful.

    I have experienced being ion both lines! The line leaving and the line arriving! For me, the line leaving was the sad line!
    I had no idea that all through my life, memories of serving and living in south Korea would become stronger and stronger, day by day!

    I also traveled home on the USS Mitchell.

    • Note from George Breen:
      I have experienced being ion both lines! The line leaving and the line arriving! For me, the line leaving was the sad line!
      I had no idea that all through my life, memories of serving and living in south Korea would become stronger and stronger, day by day!
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Camp KimCamp Kim 6 days, 22 hours ago

        Photo and note from Bill Strouse stationed in Korea (ASCOM) in 1957-58
        I took this photo in front of the USO in Seoul, 1957
      • Note from George Breen:
        I also traveled home on the USS Mitchell.
        • Photo and note from Bill Strouse: Welcome to Korea GI, troops arriving at Inchon after offload off ship, we are on the Left waiting to go Home on the USS Mitchell, Oct. 1958
          • Al posted an update in the group Group logo of EUSA Golf CourseEUSA Golf Course 1 week ago

            Stationed at Defense Communications Agency Korea 1976-77 and U.S. Naval Forces Korea from 1982-84. Virtually lived at the golf course in those days. Looking for photos or info on Frank Hickey, Ron Lewis or Charlie Ernst. Unfortunately all my photos were lost during a PCS.

          • Al joined the group Group logo of EUSA Golf CourseEUSA Golf Course 1 week ago

          • I am looking for a gate number and the name of the area that I lived at as a Korean child during 1957-1965. The gate wasn’t used much by the US military. The gate guards were mostly Korean MPs and it was used by the mostly Koreans for entering and exiting Yongsan Garrison. As you came out of the gate, if you turned right you would go toward downtown toward the palace I think. I remember that it was like a traffic circle further down and the Seoul Zoo was by the palace, as well. Coming out of the gate, on the left side was gully that ran parallel the the road. Across the gully, which as almost like a dry stream, were some Korean homes and there is where lived and grew up. If you took a left turn, you went over a bridge over the gully. No trolleys went down this road, only cars and buses. Very seldom did you see any US military personnel in this area during the day or night. If you continued down this road it led to the American Consulate and the Han River I think. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

            • Thank you for contacting us!
              You may be referring to what used to be gate 1, currently gate 16. By this gate there is the MP Station. The attached map is from 2016. Would you like us to include you in the legacy of Yongsan? The gate where the arrow is pointing at on the attached map. The street is Hangang Daero. To the left hand side is Samgakji.
          • Southern Korean posted an update in the group Group logo of I was thereI was there 1 week, 1 day ago

            My father was a young MP during the mid-1950’s assigned to Yongsan when he met my mother. Toward the end of his tour, he finally got his command’s approval for their marriage. However, my mother decided she didn’t want to marry and leave her family. After he PCSed to Germany, she discovered that she was pregnant. She contacted him and let him know. He promised he would return and take me back to the United States. She corresponded with him and his family about my birth and sent pictures over many years to let them know how I was doing. He returned after 8 years. I came to the United States in 1965.
            I was born in Yongsan to an unwed Korean mother and an American GI. I realized that unlike many other Amerasian children, mine was atypical story. I was brought up in a Korean family home, unlike so many like myself who were either abandoned or placed for adoption. For this, I will be forever grateful to my halmeoni, since I know my birth brought great shame to our family. Also unlike many of the others, I have always known who my father was and what he looked like from pictures. He, too, did not abandon me either.

            As a Korean-American child, Yongsan Garrison was place that was forever behind some gate that I was not allowed to go past. One day, I decided that I was going to find my father. From the outhouse window from my home you could see the road and the gate leading to the garrison across the gully between the two. One time, my mother held me up to the window and told me that my father had worked at the gate.
            In my mind’s eye, I can still see myself as a little girl walking down the main road I lived by, crossing a bridge over the gully, and coming around the corner to the short road that led to its entrance. When I arrived and tried to get thru the gate, the Korean MP stopped me. I told him I needed to find my dad so I could go to the United States. Of course, he informed me that he was not there and not to come back. It became my daily ritual for awhile to walk to the gate, but not to get too close and have a staring contest with the Korean MPs on gate duty. I finally got thru a gate to the Yongsan Garrison after my dad returned. He took me to the PX to buy a new winter coat and scarf the night before we flew to the United States, leaving my Korean family behind and losing all contact with them.
            I remembered when someone turned 60 in Korean years; it was a special hallmark and time of celebration. I promised myself that I would follow the Korean tradition and return to Yongsan when I turned 60, if I had not returned by then. I will be returning this September, a year later than I anticipated. I am elated that I can finally stay on Yongsan Garrison at Dragon Hill Lodge and go in and out any gate as much as I please. After 53 years, I am finally coming home to Yongsan!

            • WHAT AN AMAZING story!!!!!! Thank you very much for sharing it.
              Do you have your trip planned to come this coming September?
              If you allow us we really want to meet with you.
              Such stories add an immense value to this peace of land!

              • Yes, I would love to meet you and the rest of the group, too. The trip is already booked and the flight arrangements made. My husband is a retired US Army soldier. Currently, he is a DA civilian at the Signal School at Ft Gordon, GA. We live in Evans, GA. We have reservations for the Tokyo-Seoul Package. I will be arriving from Tokyo to Dragon Hill Lodge on Sept. 16 for the 10 day stay in Seoul. Our flight itinerary has already been approved by Dragon Hill Lodge. We will be departing Seoul on Sept. 20. Thank you so much for your reply. Marsha Jean Altvater

            • Note From: Sangso Nam
              Subject: Skakji, Yongsan
              Re: A lady who was born near Yongsan Garrison

              Judging from her old memories of the areas around U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, I think it was Gate #1 (now Gate #16 I think), facing the main boulevard where tram was running ringing. The area was and is called Samkakji (which means triangular place).

              The open gully she remembers still exists in parallel with the main garrison road inside the North Post (Main Post). The stream photo attached here shows the upstream of the same gully. The trench usually runs a small amount of water but water fills full of the stream after storm or heavy rains as it originates from the slope of Mt. Nam on the northeast of the Garrison.

              As the pink allow I placed on the maps points, I believe she had spent her childhood years in that small island of town facing the Samkakji junction where cluster of small houses aggregated (now behind the wedding hall at the War Museum).

              While she was there as a child in 1957~1965, I went through the Gate 1, showing Yongsan Pass to the guard, and walked on the sidewalk along the gully to the design office of Trans-Asia Engineers on the hill of the then North Post. I got off the street tram at Samkakji station. And after the work, I with friends took the tram southward to Han River for swimming and sun bathing on the riverside sand.

              By the way, she might remember the flooding of the Samkakji and Yongsan areas about a foot by heavy rains in a summer (I forgot the year).

              An episode: The old gate #1 is still there on the same location and looks about the same. One morning I showed my wallet that contained my Garrison Pass in a transparent film to American soldier guarding at the gate #1. He took it and turned around inside the guard house and a few minutes later returned the walled, closed, to me. I put it in my pocket and walked for a minute and got suspicious about him and pulled out and opened my walled. A note of W1,000 (equivalent to W10,000 or $10 now) was missing. It was my lunch money for the day. I stopped, turned around to protest him (a tall African-American), but immediately I realized it won’t work. Turned around again, and I walked to my office.
              (Kim Chun-su, Jacco Zwetsloot and Mr. Kim of Dragon Hill Lodge hotel loved this story and they kept laughing when we were near the same gate house on our survey of the historical monuments in the Garrison a few years ago)

              S. Nam, April 16

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