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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Chocolates from the Korean War to the 1950s

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

Chocolate originally came to Korea during the time of the Daehan Empire. At that time chocolate was unfamiliar “food” and symbolized the duality of something…

Topic: Food, Yongsan Legacy
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Some Korean entertainers for U.S. Forces

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

One Christmas evening I met Shin in a tea house in Myeong-dong, Seoul. He told me he was accepted as a trumpeter of a jazz band that would perform music and dance entertainment for the U.S. Military personnel in various camps at Yongsan Garrison, Camp Casey, Camp Red Cloud, K-6, Osan Air Base, etc.

Topic: Entertainment, Music, 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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HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS VIEW?

Contributor: Peter T Yeschenko

HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS VIEW?!  by Peter T Yeschenko Yongsan parade grounds on main post in 1970. If you recall this was right next…

Topic: Mapping, Yongsan Legacy
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Staffing the Clubs

Contributor: Paul Black

About once a week we went to K-14 Kimpo Airport to pick up meats from Japan off a C-124 Globemaster aircraft. These meats included T Bone, Rib Eye Steaks and Chicken.

Topic: Entertainment, Food, 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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The punched cards

Contributor: Rich Kent

All of the personnel information that came into our data center from headquarters in Hawaii, came on cardboard IBM cards. These cards had to be…

Topic: Cultural shock, technology, Yongsan Legacy
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The hands that re-connected postwar Korea

Contributor: Kyung Lee

Wheeler, accompanied by the technical assistance of South Korean contractors, has planted tower stations across the country. He worked on one at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek between 2009 and 2012, which he says rivals those of leading telecommunications systems across the globe.

Topic: technology, telecomunication, 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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Working for Stars and Stripes in 1969

Contributor: Martin Limon

Let’s not over-glamorize the Stars and Stripes. Recent news reports that it might be curtailed have characterized the Department of Defense-sponsored publication as being produced…

Topic: Books, Language, news, 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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