Radio-controlled Airplane Contests

Contributor: George Breen

When i arrived to South Korea after being drafted in 1958, for the first few months I would have thoughts about how far away from…

Topic: Entertainment, Recreation, sports, Yongsan Legacy

Model Plane by SP4 George Breen, 570th ord. co. (DAS) former Niblo Barracks. Photo source George Breen

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When i arrived to South Korea after being drafted in 1958, for the first few months I would have thoughts about how far away from home I really was!  Would I ever see home again and the life that I  loved so much?

In the beginning in the 570th Ord Co (Das) (based in what later I learned it is known as Niblo Barracks) I must admit , I was a little lonely!   Why I didn’t visit the village , or  select a Korean girlfriend, I still don’t know! Believe me there were plenty of Girls to more than include every G.I.  I guess I was just too shy?… but luckily  I had buddies and model airplanes.

George Breen holding his model plane inside 570th ord co das compound

It seems that most US army units had GIs that were model builders and flyers! So ,the 8th Army once put a contest together , enabling the different companies to compete against each other for entertainment and as a moral booster.

Cutout from Star and stripes from 1959. Source George Breen

This Airplane contest took place during the year, 1958. I don’t remember the month, but If I remember correctly, the weather was hot.
This was a contest where American troops and KATUSA troops were competing.

Many Koreans, both soldiers and Civilians did attend the meet.