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
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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
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Rush On!

Contributor: Bill Krause

Korea….what an adventure! I met life-long friends there, I met my wife Betty there and I got to be a Rock Star in the band Rush.

Topic: Entertainment, Music, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
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Discovering Broadway on Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Samia Mounts

They never replaced it, and Yongsan Garrison’s community theater program died a slow death……But I’ll never forget what that old theater gave me. It’s the deepest certainty I’ve ever had in my life: theaters are magical, and I was made for the stage.

Topic: Music, People, Theater, Yongsan Legacy
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Home away from Home, United Service Organizations

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy

“For two hours, the men could forget they were soldiers at war. After the show, they returned to the fighting in the hills. Some in that audience never made it back.”
USO, to provide morale and recreation services to U.S. uniformed military personnel

Topic: community, Entertainment, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
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Beyond confidential: mapping Yongsan Garrison through personal narratives

Contributor: Kyung Lee

If dedicating USAG Yongsan’s 70-year existence without taking into account the childhood memories, search for loved ones, or a cultural tour of Seoul, our future generations will grasp little or nothing if the military base was simply replaced by a grassy field with only bronze plaques reading passages from textbooks verbatim.

Topic: community, Mapping, 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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My Halloween in Seoul Area Command (Yongsan Garrison) in 1957

Contributor: Bill Morgenstein

“For some reason Halloween was a big holiday for us.  Halloween was party time. You drank until you fell. The ambassador was long gone and…

Topic: Celebration, community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Garrison opens to Korean public for first time in 114 years

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The Yongsan Garrison, which served as the US military headquarters in South Korea until the headquarters’ relocation to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, in June, opened to the public for the first time in 114 years on Friday.

Topic: cultural exchange, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Helping people through the American Red Cross

Contributor: Jakziri Gray

I will always cherish the memories I’ve made while working on Yongsan.
I love that I’m able to help people, not only during their darkest times, but also with meaningful way in which they can give back to their community. 

Topic: community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

It’s the definition for the three Michelin starred dining establishments – in French “Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage.”  For the hierarchy of two…

Topic: Food, Yongsan Legacy
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The mysterious fire of 1969  

Contributor: Frank Tims

One reason the black market was such a major activity in the 1960s was scarcity of consumer goods in Korea and the abundance in the…

Topic: community, fire, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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Aigo, aigo!

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to teach the most used Korean word to newly arriving U.S. military personnel in Korea?

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Education, Language, People
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That’s my story of how I got to Korea.

Contributor: Paul Black

Almost every Basic Training Sgt’s were Korean War Veterans. They were rough on us…..Once in the Inchon area we were put on smaller tender boats to go ashore…..Then we were given our mail from the last 2 weeks.

Topic: Draft, People, Yongsan Legacy
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From Samgakji with love

Contributor: Chang Soon Hee

Sara told us they are going to marry as soon as her divorce is finalized. Sara said he is a civilian working at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The smiling American invited us to have a lunch and we all squeezed into his car which had a U.S. Army number plate.

Topic: cultural exchange, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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