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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My top 5 favorite things I loved about living in Seoul/Yongsan:

Contributor: Doreen Vandal

The PEOPLE; The Korean people are friendly, kind, hard-working and generous…always willing to help a confused American! They became our family during our 5 years in Korea

Topic: Celebration, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Walking through Itaewon in 1968

Contributor: Martin Limon

In her high, lilting voice she would recite:
“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know,
By the name of Annabel Lee. . . “

Topic: Entertainment, People, Recreation, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Legacy, a virtual memorial

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

“preserving the invaluable treasures of Yongsan Garrison” by capturing and perpetuating personal memories, stories, life experiences from those GI’s and civilians who served and lived on Yongsan Garrisson

Topic: History, Mapping, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF GOING HOME…

Contributor: Ramon Rhodes

I loved every minute of Korea, but at that time I was starting to feel that I was missing out on stateside life as a teenager……Those of us who were in Yongsan in the late 1970s remember that everything we got was fairly old and outdated by the time we saw it. The only contemporary thing that we got from the states were the latest dance songs from AFKN’s Don Tracy show, which unfortunately aired during the middle of the school day at 10am!

Topic: cultural exchange, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Trip to market

Contributor: George Breen

I  am afraid the Korean people that lived and worked during these times , will fade away an be forgotten! Makes me so sad.

Topic: People, Yongsan Legacy
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The Samgakji Stories Project

Contributor: Li-lian Ang

The birthplace of Chocopie, the site of a vibrant art scene and a US military base. While we were walking through Samgakji on a tour, it never occurred to us that Samgakji was all these things.
http://samgakjistories.yongsanlegacy.org/

Topic: cultural exchange, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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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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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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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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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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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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