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
Read Story

Outside Gate 1 in 1961

Contributor: Darrell Brown

Samgakji area of Seoul in 1961, just outside of gate number 1 later on gate 16, was made up of poorer Korean style homes. There…

Topic: community, Entertainment, Mapping, People, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

Contributor: By KIM GAMEL for STARS AND STRIPES

The schools are part of a system established by the military shortly after World War II to ensure an American education for the children of troops deployed overseas. Then-named Seoul American High School opened in 1959 when classes were held in Quonset huts.

Topic: Education, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

What Do You Feed a Korean?

Contributor: By Lt.Col. Kenneth O. Schellberg, Quartermaster, 7th Infantry Division

Three weeks before the 7th Infantry Division shipped to Inchon, we received an augmentation of 8,600 Koreans. Before they arrived our division commander (Maj.Gen. David…

Topic: Food
Read Story

My adventures around Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Scott Forrey

Once at Samgakji we would be underneath the elevated traffic circle. There were seemingly hundreds of street vendors selling everything from soups and grilled meats, to plastic shoes and clothing, to bicycle parts…..It was dark and chaotic under the traffic circle, and quite exciting for a teenager…

Topic: Entertainment, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

YONGSAN GARRISON TO BECOME HISTORIC PARK, EVENTUALLY

Contributor: Nate Rafferty for 10 magazine

So for the time being Yongsan Garrison remains a mystery. ….For now, the public can only to continue to wonder: Yongsan Legacy hopes that the park it will be a “mirror,” in which Koreans will see whatever meaning they need to see. It’s an ambiguous explanation for an ambiguous space, that continues to occupy an ambiguous place in the minds of Koreans and expats alike.

Topic: architecture, Engineering, Landscape, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

The Soldier Who Never Left

Contributor: Ned Forney, http://nedforney.com/

From serving at Yongsan and volunteering with People to People International (PTPI) and numerous other non-profit organizations, to promoting Korean businesses and cultural events, Mr. Nowell has made a significant and lasting impact on his adopted country.

Topic: community, cultural exchange, Entertainment, People, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Yongsan and the Eighth Army Golf Club in particular hold a special place in my heart

Contributor: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN

By Al Legacy I was posted to Yongsan in 1976-77 and again 82-84 which was unusual for a Navy officer. In 1977 I married Ms Ko…

Topic: Celebration, Entertainment, golf, Recreation, sports, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

The beginning of SAHS, 1959-1960

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The history of the First Senior Class of the first American High School in Korea is brief. It began on September 8, 1959, with thirteen…

Topic: Books, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Seoul American alumni take trip down memory lane during Yongsan reunion

Contributor: KIM GAMEL | STARS AND STRIPES

By KIM GAMEL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 13, 2018   YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Former Seoul American High School students remembered tear gas…

Topic: community, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

The US military’s Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul

Contributor: Jason Strother

December 26, 2017  By Jason Strother   Concrete walls topped with concertina wire is what most South Koreans only ever see of the Yongsan Garrison,…

Topic: Mapping, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Sun Over Seoul

Contributor: Michael F. O'Brien

SUN OVER SEOUL has meant many things to many students…….. it helped Seoul American High School be awarded the “Excellence in Education” award for the school year ’84-’85

Topic: Books, Education, photography, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Motorcycle memories at Yongsan

Contributor: Rocco Serrato

I often rode my motorbike on Yongsan base. I rode it to the pool, library, and at night took my girlfriend out on dates.

Topic: People, sports, Yongsan Legacy
Read Story

Black papers from Korea

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

“Open your bag, please,” said a young officer standing behind the customs inspection table at John F. Kennedy airport. A pungent smell of the seashore…

Topic: cultural exchange, Food, traditions
Read Story