In the Heart of Seoul

Contributor: Aerian Irvin

who experienced what it meant to have the things on Yongsan Garrison be part of their life in Seoul were not calling or seeing the base as home. They were calling and seeing Seoul as their home.
I will always remember those beautiful mountains in Korea, but even more so, I will remember the people who throughout my childhood showed me love, care, gave me a greater appreciation and understanding for life and the world, and to whom I have so much to thank them for to this very day.

Topic: community, Yongsan Legacy
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“Falcon for Life”

Contributor: Kimberlee Goldsmith

In DoDEA, colleagues become family in a way that doesn’t happen back in the States where I have my own family nearby.
I am a special education teacher
A working day for me was like this. I walked 17 minutes from my apartment to the school. I passed through the Dragon Hill Lodge Gate and ….

Topic: community, Education, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Thanksgiving in Korea , 1958.

Contributor: George Breen

Two G.I.’s and two Korean children were seated at each table on Thanksgiving day.

Topic: Celebration, community, cultural exchange, Food, 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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Black hawk Village will open its doors to the public

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

To many of you this was your home while being stationed in Yongsan , what if your memories from the Black hawk village is told to the visitors who don’t know anything about this place? 

Topic: community, housing, Mapping
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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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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, My Home, March 1968 through March 1969 

Contributor: Carl F. Rost

In late 67 & early 68 I expected orders for Vietnam any day but to my surprise, I received orders to report to South Korea! 
My home & office would be Yongsan Compound

Topic: Cars, community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Another Side of U.S. 8th Army HQ at Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: SP 5 Victor Leo

What’s important to remember, after all is said and done, are the many thousands of people who touched the face of South Korea including: the citizens of the communities who donated clothing; the students and faculty at the universities who collected, sorted, boxed and provided financial help; the transportation companies who donated their trucks and railroad cars; and especially the soldiers, both American and Korean, who distributed the clothing throughout the country for a decade. Kamsahamnida

Topic: Books, community, cultural exchange, People, welfare, Yongsan Legacy
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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
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Building Bridges, a true story of Christopher Vaia (JD)

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Seoul City offers honorary citizenship to ‘Bridgebuilders.’, better known as: the Balloon Ajossi, due to his penchant for twisting small balloons into animal and heart shapes for young kids in  memory of his deceased daughter

Topic: community, cultural exchange, Education, Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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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
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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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