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.
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.
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.