Waves of Deja Vu transporting us to the 70’s, Thanksgiving in Korea

Contributor: Betty Krause

It was back in the 70’s in Korea…..it was snowing a LOT……Korean family from the little village area on the beach-this was the early 70’s, told us to come inside their home! We spent the night or two with them……Will we ever know who these people were? Do they remember that special time?…..We regret that we didn’t have room for the camera on this trip…….Thanking my lucky stars each and every day

Topic: Celebration, community, cultural exchange, Food, love, People, 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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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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Helping one heart at a time

Contributor: Robert T Mounts

It is important in closing that I make clear that the greatest honor I have received is the feeling I got when I looked into the eyes of the children. I am humbled by the honors that have been given to me, but be assured they do not measure up to the honor one gets from being able to serve another. And when the one being helped is a child, the honor is all that much greater.

Topic: community, Health, Medicine, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Returning to Korea in search of Long lost family

Contributor: Marsha Altvater

My father was a young MP during the mid-1950’s assigned to Yongsan when he met my mother. Toward the end of his tour, he finally…

Topic: community, love, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Two villages in DMZ

Contributor: Mr Nam Sang So

They were next door neighbors. The villagers were all friendly Koreans who wore similar clothes. They enjoyed farming festivals together and spoke with a tinge…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, History, People, 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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Offering help to making a difference in Koreanwelfare

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

A True Story of Mrs. James Simmerman and The Chosun Gift Shop. Early in 1966, the ladies of the OWC (officers wives club) started work…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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