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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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…

Topic: Books, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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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…

Topic: community, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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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,…

Topic: Mapping, Music, 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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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…

Topic: Entertainment, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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My fond memories of the Gate #1

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

In the morning rush hour, the city’s trams were always full of standing passengers. A brave man was suspended outside the tram door holding handrail with one hand, dangling his briefcase with the other. It resembled a scene in San Francisco. Those passengers who had get off at Samkajji station were mostly headed to the Gate #1 (now Gate #16) located along the Hangang Boulevard

Topic: Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Inside and Outside of the Gates of Yongsan Garrison Part 2

Contributor: Marsha Altvater

Part 2 When I returned to Yongsan, Koreans were celebrating Chuseok. I found it ironic. My return to Korea coinciding with the celebration of Koreans…

Topic: love, People, photography, 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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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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When magnolia and lilac blossom in New York City

Contributor: Kay Lee

It was in 1973 when I was a second grader at Sangmyeong school when you were with an American design firm named Trans-Asia Engineers (TAE) in Main Post of Yongsan Garrison.  You had to pick me up at my school in Samkakji as my class ended about 2 p.m. While you had to stay with a large slanted drafting board until five in the afternoon, I walked around the offices peeking into here and there.

Topic: architecture, cultural exchange, Education, Engineering, History, Language, People, 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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