Yongsan and the Eighth Army Golf Club in particular hold a special place in my heart

Contributor: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN

By Al Legacy I was posted to Yongsan in 1976-77 and again 82-84 which was unusual for a Navy officer. In 1977 I married Ms Ko…

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By Al Legacy

I was posted to Yongsan in 1976-77 and again 82-84 which was unusual for a Navy officer. In 1977 I married Ms Ko who was a waitress and sometimes cashier at the golf club. We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Shortly after our marriage she attended college, graduated with a degree in nursing and passed the California licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse. I retired from the Navy in 1991 and have resided in San Diego since. We have two wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren who help keep me young. As you may guess Yongsan and the Eighth Army Golf Club in particular hold a special place in my heart. As a side note, my son picked up my love of golf and became a golf pro after his graduation from UCLA. He has left the golf industry but retains his love of the game.

Stationed at Defense Communications Agency Korea 1976-77 and U.S. Naval Forces Korea from 1982-84. Virtually lived at the golf course in those days. Looking for photos or info on Frank Hickey, Ron Lewis or Charlie Ernst. Unfortunately, all my photos were lost during a PCS.

Photo of Charlie Ernst on the first green in 1977.

Credits: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN

I played in the 1976 version. About 12 degrees when we teed off. Pin on 18 was in the right hand bunker.

If I remember correctly, the tournament was held the month before on December 27th. I still have the ball from my hole-in-one on the eighth hole that day. Of course the holes were coffee cans.

Note: I have been reviewing some of the Yongsan Legacy project and am very impressed. I have lost the majority of my photos from my tours there but have found a few you may find interesting. I didn’t see too many from my time at Yongsan. I am  including four photos from the 1976 U.S Bicentennial Celebration. It was a huge event with a military parade in the morning and a carnival/fair on South Post in the afternoon/evening. I took those photos of the parade.

Credits: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN
Credits: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN
Credits: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN
Credits: Lt. Alan Legacy, USN

My daughter Liz returned to Korea years later to discover her past.

Al Legacy