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Gifford Cheesman at Building 1510, Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Mr Nam Sang So

Gifford Cheesman, a native of Surrey, England, first came to Korea with his father in 1931. He was 23 years old. His father was a…

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Mount Baekdu and Korean spirits 白頭山과 民族의 精氣

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Time flew fast, and in September 2018, President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea and their entourages went up to Mount Baekdu (spelled Paekdu in North Korea). And the First Lady of South Korea brought a plastic bottle of water scooped at Mount Halla, the southernmost island of Korea, and poured into the crater lake called “Heaven Lake,” on the peak of the mountain. Then President Moon scooped the Heaven Lake’s water into the same bottle and brought back to Seoul.

Topic: History, Yongsan Legacy
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Offering help to making a difference in Koreanwelfare

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

A True Story of Mrs. James Simmerman and The Chosun Gift Shop. Early in 1966, the ladies of the OWC (officers wives club) started work…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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Safe return from suicide attack

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

P.S. In Nagano, Japan, I was one of the chosen physically fit boys who were pre-designated to be recruited to serve for the Japanese special force but the war ended before I reached the age. Instead I served three years for the Korean Navy attached to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet on the East Sea in the Korean Campaign. I then had been employed by an American architect and engineering firm and served for the U.S. Forces at K-6/Camp Humphreys, U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison, and then U.S. Navy Seabees in Vietnam, all together for 25 years.

Topic: History, Yongsan Legacy
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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