My top 5 favorite things I loved about living in Seoul/Yongsan:

Contributor: Doreen Vandal

The PEOPLE; The Korean people are friendly, kind, hard-working and generous…always willing to help a confused American! They became our family during our 5 years in Korea

Topic: Celebration, People, Yongsan Legacy

Doren and Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal

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My top 5 favorite things I loved about living in Seoul Yongsan Garrison are;

  1. The SUBWAY; It was safe, clean, cheap and you could get anywhere quickly!
  2. The CULTURE/EVENTS of Seoul; There was always a palace, museum or park to explore or an event to attend. We were constantly busy and considering the size of Seoul, the amount of green space is refreshing!
  3. The surrounding MOUNTAINS; every Friday, I’d get on the subway and within an hour, I’d be hiking to the top of the world… and the views were amazing!
  4. The FOOD; Itaewon had wonderful restaurants, all within walking distance of home, where you could experience the world through your taste buds!
  5. The PEOPLE; The Korean people are friendly, kind, hard-working and generous…always willing to help a confused American! They became our family during our 5 years in Korea and I will always hold them close in my heart.

 

Our sons enjoyed visiting us in Seoul.

Vandal family together in Seoul Christmas 2018

The three of them like their dad are all in the military, Nicholas  USNA ’09 is a Maj USMC MV-22 pilot  and will attend medical school @UPenn in Aug 2020. Eric  USMA ’11 CPT USA FA Officer (like his Dad)  is currently attending grad school for MBA in CO and Stephen USNA ‘12  LT USN   Seahawk pilot  is teaching flight school in Pensacola.

Vandal family during the retirement ceremony of Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal 2018

Unfortunately, our last visit to Korea was me alone with our sons. Tom had already left us. The purpose of the trip was to attend the opening of the Training Complex in Camp Humphreys which was dedicated to him.  It was a very special occasion for us.

Doreen and her three sons during their last trip to Korea

 

Doreen Vandal and sons during the opening of the Training Complex in Camp Humphreys which was dedicated to Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal

 

Thomas S Vandal (†)
Stationed in Yongsan from 2013 – 2018
Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal positions:
2013-2015   2ID Commander
2015-2016   J3 USFK
2016-2018    8thArmy Commander

by Doreen Vandal.