8th US Army memorial’s Incredible past

Contributor: Kim Chunsoo, Yongsan Legacy Team

The 8th US Army Memorial located at the main post of Yongsan Base was actually a monument to the loyal dead to commemorate the Japanese…

Topic: Celebration, History, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy

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The 8th US Army Memorial located at the main post of Yongsan Base was actually a monument to the loyal dead to commemorate the Japanese soldiers…

8th Army memorial on main post Yongsan Garrison, 2016. Photo source: Yongsan legacy.

The photo below shows the Japanese Manchurian incident monument (this was its original name) to the war dead made in 1935 November 13th

Source: Historian Kim Chunsoo

Since a while ago the Yongsan community has used this monument as a location to honors veterans.  (see below link to the news Yongsan community honors veterans, By Mrs. Nikki Maxwell (IMCOM)November 12, 2013)

https://www.army.mil/article/114796

The honor guard presents the colors during the 2013 Veterans Day ceremony at the Eighth Army Memorial on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Nov. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Nikki Maxwell) (Photo Credit: Mrs. Nikki Maxwell (IMCOM))
Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux (center) with Korean War veterans and representatives of local service organizations during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Eighth Army Memorial on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Nov. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Nikki Maxwell) (Photo Credit: Mrs. Nikki Maxwell (IMCOM))

The original location of this monument on Main post was by the knight field. The image below shows its original location, It is a screen capture taken in 1944 from the movie  “Dear Soldiers”

Screen capture from the movie “Dear Soldiers” 1944.

 

This is a 1960 map of Seoul and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan, just south of Seoul. The map apparently was sold for $0.25 to soldiers stationed in Korea in the early 1960’s – see the price sticker on the folder used to contain this map.… See the location of the monument back in 1960. Map source: Bill Smothers

1960 map of Seoul and the US 8th Army Compound located in Yongsan

 

Later on the monument was relocated near (south side) building S2364 on main post (see the brick Japanese building on the photos below).

The beginning of the move from Yongsan Garrison to Camp Humphreys is underway as can be seen from the removal of the 8th US Army War Memorial from Yongsan Garrison Main Post in June 2017. This monument in addition to the other monuments will be erected near the new Headquarters, 8th US Army in Camp Humphreys in July 2017.

Before and After. The same spot where the 8th Army memorial used to be before its relocation to Camp Humphreys

 

 

Note from Paul Black:  I was there too! Back then when i served in Seoul Area Command (S.A.C.) current Yongsan Garrison in 1958 and 1959 this monument was next to the knight field the same location that shows the map from 1960s. The photo below is me standing by the monument.

Paul Black standing by the 8th US army memorial by the knight field in 1958