Daughter found her father on Yongsanlegacy.org

Contributor: Mr. Nam SangSo

My name is Daphne Cheesman. I googled my father and came across an article about my father on yongsanlegacy.org. I would very much like to communicate with you.   Sincerely, Daphne.

Topic: architecture, construction, People
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Voices and faces from Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: Coco Cugat for Yongsan legacy

” I will miss the library where I spent so many hours going through books, and you know what? There is where I learned how to read!” 

Topic: community, Education, People, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Former principal’s cultural journey at Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: Kyung Lee

John Blom stands next to a dolphin statue in front of Seoul American Elementary School, where he used to be principal. / Courtesy of Yongsan…

Topic: Education, School, Uncategorized, 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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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
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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
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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
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Searching for lost love in Hannam

Contributor: Kyung Lee

Following the path from Niblo Barracks that once led to the village, Breen vividly recalls singing “Oh My Darling, Clementine” in the Koreanized verses Marie had taught him, arousing immediate laughter from Korean passersby.

Topic: Cultural shock, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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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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