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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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Sun Over Seoul

Contributor: Michael F. O'Brien

SUN OVER SEOUL has meant many things to many students…….. it helped Seoul American High School be awarded the “Excellence in Education” award for the school year ’84-’85

Topic: Books, Education, photography, Yongsan Legacy
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Wind of skirt still blowing in Korea

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

My father (1900~1995) used to smoke tobacco using a Korean pipe. It was made of a small bamboo stem, some 60 cm (2 feet) long.…

Topic: traditions
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Motorcycle memories at Yongsan

Contributor: Rocco Serrato

I often rode my motorbike on Yongsan base. I rode it to the pool, library, and at night took my girlfriend out on dates.

Topic: People, sports, Yongsan Legacy
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Black papers from Korea

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

“Open your bag, please,” said a young officer standing behind the customs inspection table at John F. Kennedy airport. A pungent smell of the seashore…

Topic: cultural exchange, Food, traditions
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We remember you so well, President George H. W. Bush

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H. W. Bush enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday and became the youngest aviator in…

Topic: History
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Soldier keeps temptation at a distance (in Korea)

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Abigail Van Buren has published this article in her “Dear Abby’s Keepers” many years ago. The team of yongsanlegacy.org wanted to share the article with…

Topic: Entertainment, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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My fond memories of the Gate #1

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

In the morning rush hour, the city’s trams were always full of standing passengers. A brave man was suspended outside the tram door holding handrail with one hand, dangling his briefcase with the other. It resembled a scene in San Francisco. Those passengers who had get off at Samkajji station were mostly headed to the Gate #1 (now Gate #16) located along the Hangang Boulevard

Topic: Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Inside and Outside of the Gates of Yongsan Garrison Part 2

Contributor: Marsha Altvater

Part 2 When I returned to Yongsan, Koreans were celebrating Chuseok. I found it ironic. My return to Korea coinciding with the celebration of Koreans…

Topic: love, People, photography, Yongsan Legacy
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Price of the land left behind by United Nations Command

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The flat tract which is left behind by the United Nations Command in Itaewon, Yongsan-gu, Seoul was sold to an individual housing developer at an…

Topic: architecture, construction, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy
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National Park or Public Housing Estate – Yongsan Garrison land

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The Republic of Korea is a free country, people say what they wanted to say. The 2.43 square kilometers (600 acres) of Yongsan Garrison land,…

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering, History, Landscape, Yongsan Legacy
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Waves of Deja Vu transporting us to the 70’s, Thanksgiving in Korea

Contributor: Betty Krause

It was back in the 70’s in Korea…..it was snowing a LOT……Korean family from the little village area on the beach-this was the early 70’s, told us to come inside their home! We spent the night or two with them……Will we ever know who these people were? Do they remember that special time?…..We regret that we didn’t have room for the camera on this trip…….Thanking my lucky stars each and every day

Topic: Celebration, community, cultural exchange, Food, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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When magnolia and lilac blossom in New York City

Contributor: Kay Lee

It was in 1973 when I was a second grader at Sangmyeong school when you were with an American design firm named Trans-Asia Engineers (TAE) in Main Post of Yongsan Garrison.  You had to pick me up at my school in Samkakji as my class ended about 2 p.m. While you had to stay with a large slanted drafting board until five in the afternoon, I walked around the offices peeking into here and there.

Topic: architecture, cultural exchange, Education, Engineering, History, Language, People, 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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