An ordinary day of my drafted years in South Korea

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The 570th Ord Co Das was a “Working” camp and had none of the military harassment. We had “young Korean House Boys” that cleaned the…

Topic: Draft, Food, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy

Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: John M Blom

“Over nearly 60 years, SAES has instructed thousands of students and allowed them to learn about the American and Korean cultures, building bridges between the two nations.”

Topic: cultural exchange, Education, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy

Aigo, aigo!

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to teach the most used Korean word to newly arriving U.S. military personnel in Korea?

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Education, Language, People

That’s my story of how I got to Korea.

Contributor: Paul Black

Almost every Basic Training Sgt’s were Korean War Veterans. They were rough on us…..Once in the Inchon area we were put on smaller tender boats to go ashore…..Then we were given our mail from the last 2 weeks.

Topic: Draft, People, Yongsan Legacy

Action in the Yongsan Commissary

Contributor: Scott Forrey and everyone who contributed to YSL

The new Commissary didn’t replace this one until well after the early 80s… remember the banana fights…

Topic: Food, History, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy

Love is a “many”

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

……when we were invited to a dinner at an army mess hall or Dragon Hill Lodge in the South Post, Yongsan Garrison, I refrained from serving kimchi to my husband and myself one day ahead of the meeting day.

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Food, People, Yongsan Legacy

“If I recognize this map?”

Contributor: Nam SangSo and Yongsan Legacy Team

The blue print showing the west area of the Main Post Yongsan Garrison was one of the hundreds of  topographic maps plotted by the engineers and surveyors of Trans-Asia Engineering Associates, Inc. (TAE). It had been performed some time in late 1959 and early 1960.

Topic: architecture, construction, Education, Engineering, Landscape, Mapping, People, photography, Yongsan Legacy

Finding Marie (Hwang Soona)

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Marie is the oldest sister of 3 siblings who lost their parents during the Korean War. Her younger sister, Hwan Ong Soon and younger brother…

Topic: love, People, Yongsan Legacy

From Samgakji with love

Contributor: Chang Soon Hee

Sara told us they are going to marry as soon as her divorce is finalized. Sara said he is a civilian working at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The smiling American invited us to have a lunch and we all squeezed into his car which had a U.S. Army number plate.

Topic: cultural exchange, love, People, Yongsan Legacy

Yongsan Garrison and the legacy of Plastic Surgery

Contributor: Karl Schutz

South Korea is the country with more plastic surgeries per capita in the world. Blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery is the most common procedure being…

Topic: History, People, plastic surgery, Yongsan Legacy

U.S. Forces Korea are here to prevent another nuclear war

Contributor: Nam SangSo

Dear Marty Brown of Atascadero, California; The same sizzling summer came around 73rd time, and our memories retrospect of Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombings again as you…

Topic: History, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy

An English book store in Itaewon

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

“We sell, buy and exchange – since 1974” says the advertisement of foreign book store located at southern end of Itaewon township, near Line #6…

Topic: Books, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy

Golfing in the middle of Seoul

Contributor: Darrel Brown

[Yongsan Legacy] Golfing in the middle of Seoul By Darrell Brown This 1969 photo of the Yongsan area shows the Eighth U.S. Army golf course…

Topic: Engineering, People, sports, Yongsan Legacy

The magic keys of my coworker’s car. Building #2254

Contributor: Doug Ricker

One of my funniest memories from Yongsan garrison is from 1984. The MPs patrolled the parking lot between our building and the Arcade/Library. If a…

Topic: Cars, People, Yongsan Legacy