Korean Grand Ole Opry

Contributor: Martin Limon

The Korean Grand Ole Opry was a massive hit, playing in the Officer Clubs for generals and colonels as well as for
the senior NCOs and even in the enlisted clubs for the lonely private far from home.

Topic: Books, Fiction novels, Music, Yongsan Legacy
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Encounter with Pearl Buck at Yongsan

Contributor: Vernon L. Williams

At the time I knew little about Pearl Buck and her work with mixed race children and the orphanages who cared for them.  Later I learned more about her and the Pearl Buck Foundation.  And so I think back about those few minutes that I spent with her and am constantly amazed at the impact that she had on me, in just those few moments and for the rest of my life.

Topic: Books, community, cultural exchange, Entertainment, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Some Korean entertainers for U.S. Forces

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

One Christmas evening I met Shin in a tea house in Myeong-dong, Seoul. He told me he was accepted as a trumpeter of a jazz band that would perform music and dance entertainment for the U.S. Military personnel in various camps at Yongsan Garrison, Camp Casey, Camp Red Cloud, K-6, Osan Air Base, etc.

Topic: Entertainment, Music, Yongsan Legacy
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Mrs. Irene D. Lee our dear music teacher

Contributor: Tara Popp

Mrs. Irene D. Lee, a former music at SAHS for 20+ years, would always make a bet with her classes at the beginning of the…

Topic: Education, Music, SAHS, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Korea’s postwar country music scene keeps kicking

Contributor: Kyung Lee

[Yongsan Legacy] Park Soon-hwan, “Jackie,” left, and Kim Dong-seok of Western Jubilee perform at a U.S. military event in 2018. / Korea Times photo by…

Topic: Music, Yongsan Legacy
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The US military’s Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul

Contributor: Jason Strother

December 26, 2017  By Jason Strother   Concrete walls topped with concertina wire is what most South Koreans only ever see of the Yongsan Garrison,…

Topic: Mapping, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Rush On!

Contributor: Bill Krause

Korea….what an adventure! I met life-long friends there, I met my wife Betty there and I got to be a Rock Star in the band Rush.

Topic: Entertainment, Music, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
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Discovering Broadway on Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Samia Mounts

They never replaced it, and Yongsan Garrison’s community theater program died a slow death……But I’ll never forget what that old theater gave me. It’s the deepest certainty I’ve ever had in my life: theaters are magical, and I was made for the stage.

Topic: Music, People, Theater, Yongsan Legacy
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AFKN disk jockey and discotheque

Contributor: Nam SangSo

We Korean architects had heard of the disco but never had the design experience. And noticing the AFKN disk jockeys talked like avant-garde artists at a commissary diner, I decided to visit the station just across the street.

Topic: cultural exchange, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
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American/Korean History!

Contributor: Peter T Yeschenko

Most of us if not all of us remember when we lived in Korea listening to the Armed Forces Korea Network (AFKN) radio and TV…

Topic: History, Music, People
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