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.

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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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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…

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US army base called ‘unreachable land’

Contributor: Jon Dunbar

By Jon Dunbar “To me, Yongsan Garrison is like North Korea.” An odd sentiment, but understandable when you think about it; both are like an…

Topic: History, Mapping, People, photography, 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…

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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,…

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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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Soldier keeps temptation at a distance (in Korea)

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Abigail Van Buren has published this article in her “Dear Abby’s Keepers” many years ago. The team of yongsanlegacy.org wanted to share the article with…

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