Staffing the Clubs

Contributor: Paul Black

About once a week we went to K-14 Kimpo Airport to pick up meats from Japan off a C-124 Globemaster aircraft. These meats included T Bone, Rib Eye Steaks and Chicken.

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When i was drafted and stationed in SAC (Seoul Area Command) Yongsan Garrison in 1958 and 1959 I worked as Open Mess Administration Officer

Paul Black standing at the office door

About once a week we went to K-14 Kimpo Airport to pick up meats from Japan off a C-124 Globemaster aircraft. These meats included T Bone, Rib Eye Steaks and Chicken.
After they loaded up the big Toyota stake truck we went to SP 10 where Veterinarians inspected all the meat before any GI’s ate it at various Clubs.

Once during a trip to SP 10 the rear dual wheels fell into a recent water main construction project.
I think we had about $ 3,600 worth of meats on the truck. This was in Young Dung Po ( I know this is not correct spelling). That area was a pretty rough district back then.
The labors seemed very scared as they knew what was in the boxes and they could have been robbed very quickly. Of course the locals could not read the labels. So they were safe.

I ran to SP 10 ( no cell phone in 1958 ) and they sent out a fork lift to get the truck back upright.
Back to the Club staffing. I think in all the Clubs there were over 300 Korean ladies working as waitresses!

School Boy with Toyota Truck that was used to distribute the goods to the clubs