THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF GOING HOME…

Contributor: Ramon Rhodes

I loved every minute of Korea, but at that time I was starting to feel that I was missing out on stateside life as a teenager……Those of us who were in Yongsan in the late 1970s remember that everything we got was fairly old and outdated by the time we saw it. The only contemporary thing that we got from the states were the latest dance songs from AFKN’s Don Tracy show, which unfortunately aired during the middle of the school day at 10am!

Topic: cultural exchange, People, Yongsan Legacy
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I lived in Blackhawk village

Contributor: Sam Carlile

the most unique things I have ever seen while living in Blackhawk Villiage…

Topic: community, housing
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Trip to market

Contributor: George Breen

I  am afraid the Korean people that lived and worked during these times , will fade away an be forgotten! Makes me so sad.

Topic: People, Yongsan Legacy
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Letter from a Little M.P.

Contributor: Robert V Doepke

In October 1958 My best friend Joe Sciortino and I enlisted into the US Army, in July the following year we were on our way to Korea. I was assigned to C Company, 728th MP Battalion in Yongsan.

Topic: Books, People, Yongsan Legacy
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My fond memories of the Gate #1

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

In the morning rush hour, the city’s trams were always full of standing passengers. A brave man was suspended outside the tram door holding handrail with one hand, dangling his briefcase with the other. It resembled a scene in San Francisco. Those passengers who had get off at Samkajji station were mostly headed to the Gate #1 (now Gate #16) located along the Hangang Boulevard

Topic: Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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When magnolia and lilac blossom in New York City

Contributor: Kay Lee

It was in 1973 when I was a second grader at Sangmyeong school when you were with an American design firm named Trans-Asia Engineers (TAE) in Main Post of Yongsan Garrison.  You had to pick me up at my school in Samkakji as my class ended about 2 p.m. While you had to stay with a large slanted drafting board until five in the afternoon, I walked around the offices peeking into here and there.

Topic: architecture, cultural exchange, Education, Engineering, History, Language, People, Yongsan Legacy
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My magical days in Yongsan Garrison 1970-1977

Contributor: Diane Dahnert

I have beautiful memories of Yongsan. I really do! My time there was magical; something I’ll always treasure and never forget. It may have been a military base, but I can assure you that my friends and I knew that something unique was going on there. It was a time when everyone got along, loved Korea and looked on people as friends. I wish the rest of the world could have had the same experience.

Topic: Celebration, community, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Gifford Cheesman at Building 1510, Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Mr Nam Sang So

Gifford Cheesman, a native of Surrey, England, first came to Korea with his father in 1931. He was 23 years old. His father was a…

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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The magic keys of my coworker’s car. Building #2254

Contributor: Doug Ricker

One of my funniest memories from Yongsan garrison is from 1984. The MPs patrolled the parking lot between our building and the Arcade/Library. If a…

Topic: Cars, People, Yongsan Legacy
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121st Evac hospital on South post

Contributor: Peter T Yeschenko

One of the halls in the 121st Evac hospital on South post. This hall leads to the new wing of the hospital. I was born…

Topic: People
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