Former principal’s cultural journey at Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: Kyung Lee

John Blom stands next to a dolphin statue in front of Seoul American Elementary School, where he used to be principal. / Courtesy of Yongsan…

Topic: Education, School, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Memories of Quonset huts

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanize steel having a semicircular cross-section. The name comes from the site of their first manufacture at Quonset Point in Rhode Island.

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering
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Walking runways as Korea’s 1st foreign fashion model

Contributor: Coco Cugat

  Model Melanie Glock poses in an ad for Daehan Synthetic Fiber Co. in the early 1970s. / Courtesy of Yongsan Legacy If you were…

Topic: Fashion, Yongsan Legacy
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Final handprints at SAES

Contributor: Quinten Russo

We are down to the last five days with children in our beautiful, perfect, legacy school.  While bare shelves and walls are the norm any…

Topic: Books, Education, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Letter from a Little M.P.

Contributor: Robert V Doepke

In October 1958 My best friend Joe Sciortino and I enlisted into the US Army, in July the following year we were on our way to Korea. I was assigned to C Company, 728th MP Battalion in Yongsan.

Topic: Books, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Outside Gate 1 in 1961

Contributor: Darrell Brown

Samgakji area of Seoul in 1961, just outside of gate number 1 later on gate 16, was made up of poorer Korean style homes. There…

Topic: community, Entertainment, Mapping, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

Contributor: By KIM GAMEL for STARS AND STRIPES

The schools are part of a system established by the military shortly after World War II to ensure an American education for the children of troops deployed overseas. Then-named Seoul American High School opened in 1959 when classes were held in Quonset huts.

Topic: Education, Yongsan Legacy
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What Do You Feed a Korean?

Contributor: By Lt.Col. Kenneth O. Schellberg, Quartermaster, 7th Infantry Division

Three weeks before the 7th Infantry Division shipped to Inchon, we received an augmentation of 8,600 Koreans. Before they arrived our division commander (Maj.Gen. David…

Topic: Food
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My adventures around Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Scott Forrey

Once at Samgakji we would be underneath the elevated traffic circle. There were seemingly hundreds of street vendors selling everything from soups and grilled meats, to plastic shoes and clothing, to bicycle parts…..It was dark and chaotic under the traffic circle, and quite exciting for a teenager…

Topic: Entertainment, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
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Flavors that turned the tide in Navy Club dining

Contributor: Kyung Lee

As chef at the now-defunct Navy Club in the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Yongsan, Oh Seong-geun held dear his flavor memories from each overseas locale…

Topic: Food
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Yongsan, My Home, March 1968 through March 1969 

Contributor: Carl F. Rost

In late 67 & early 68 I expected orders for Vietnam any day but to my surprise, I received orders to report to South Korea! 
My home & office would be Yongsan Compound

Topic: Cars, community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Another Side of U.S. 8th Army HQ at Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: SP 5 Victor Leo

What’s important to remember, after all is said and done, are the many thousands of people who touched the face of South Korea including: the citizens of the communities who donated clothing; the students and faculty at the universities who collected, sorted, boxed and provided financial help; the transportation companies who donated their trucks and railroad cars; and especially the soldiers, both American and Korean, who distributed the clothing throughout the country for a decade. Kamsahamnida

Topic: Books, community, cultural exchange, People, welfare, Yongsan Legacy
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Searching for lost love in Hannam

Contributor: Kyung Lee

Following the path from Niblo Barracks that once led to the village, Breen vividly recalls singing “Oh My Darling, Clementine” in the Koreanized verses Marie had taught him, arousing immediate laughter from Korean passersby.

Topic: Cultural shock, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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YONGSAN GARRISON TO BECOME HISTORIC PARK, EVENTUALLY

Contributor: Nate Rafferty for 10 magazine

So for the time being Yongsan Garrison remains a mystery. ….For now, the public can only to continue to wonder: Yongsan Legacy hopes that the park it will be a “mirror,” in which Koreans will see whatever meaning they need to see. It’s an ambiguous explanation for an ambiguous space, that continues to occupy an ambiguous place in the minds of Koreans and expats alike.

Topic: architecture, Engineering, Landscape, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy
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