All of this talk about Camp Stanley is giving me a high angle mission. I served with C Btry 8/8 FA in 1989 and 1990 and was at Stanley. Served twice on 4p3. Started out with 198 then we changed to the m109sp. It sure brings back memories reading through these posts. Seems like alot of changes have occurred since I was in.Sorry to jump in your conversation just wanted to say hi to some fellow warriors.
i plan to go back to active duty soon and also revisit korea for a week or so. I will check the old sites and stuff too. this summer ofcourse
13494505,I spent two tours in the ROK. My, first unit was at Camp Howze, and I still have flashbacks about that place. My, second tour was spent at Casey, not much better than Howez. Down range was a trip....I'll never forget it. All and all, ROK is not really a bad tour. My retirement came in 87, and do I every miss being on active duty. Enjoy your opportunities for work and travel. We as professional's live fast travel far and before you know we get to old to enjoy the early morning run, PT, and fun. John 13494505
13494505, Been there done that tour the DMZ momument. I wonder has anyone taken that North Korean flag down? I guess ROK was an experince for me. Gee talk about flashbacks and a trip to the 121 for retreading, really made me realize how broken I was. Nevertheless, I make it on both tours. Just because I was working with the ideaology of "no fear, no slack, no brain's." Following Viet Nam, I did not realize how off course I really was, and the ROK was not at fault. I just needed a timeout and back on my feet once again. Where ever you may travel take care of yourselves. John 13494505
So does anyone recall seeing this?
Think this was not far from Camp Howze
13494505, john I remember seeing something like this but, can not remember the name of the village. However, if it is the village I'm thing about it's a one club village normally visisted by the DMZ troops. Look how clear the sky is , what a wonderful picture. Imagine what aromamss are in the air! Nice PIC ROK 73 13494505
These are known as the Paju Miriks. As I understand it the two large statues were carved centuries ago and the small one was added in the 1950's. Those of us who had seen these knew them as "mamasan, papasan and babysan". Right at the foot of these statues was a small Buddhist temple and a small house. Turning away from these statues you had a beautiful view of the area below as this was situated on a large hill. There was a small village nearby on the way in and I have a photo of it, but don't know if it had a name as it was very small. I took this photo in July of 1973. I was on one of those tours provided by the Seoul USO that at the time cost only 50 cents.
BTW - I wonder if the USO is still in the same location, just down the main street from the Capitol building in Seoul.
I spent 3 years at A 2/61 ADA outta RC#4. We got into a few good snowball fights with the cannon cockers at 2/17 from our Motor Pool. 77-79 were my wild years there. In 84 I had to be a little more "reserved". A hard life but I wouldn't trade it. I'd do it all over again if I could.
Oh yeah, at the other end of Sonju-Ri. Another thing I heard in recent years is that the village has been considerably cleaned up from the dirty conditions it was in. The Kiss Me Club and The Blue Angel along with tailor shops being the dominant businesses.
For those of you who have done a tour in Korea check out this story in the Korean War Vets Magazine - December 2006 issue. Its a tribute to us "peacekeepers" (i.e. the after 1954 crowd). The story takes place in 1987. Go to the following link and download the e-magazine, then go to the feature article on page 50. It will make you proud.
Hey Smokin, good article, thanks. Everything hit home with me except for the Seoul riots. If they had some at my time I was too far north.
One of my best moments in life came in Korea, just after our 1984 SAGI. I was the ADA/Motor Officer at the time. I was talking to Mr Sae, a Korean National who worked our motorpool. I knew him from when I was there in 1977, no telling how long he was there prior to 1977.
Mr Sae's comment was, " Chief, only 2 times all motor pool pass inspection, both times you here."
That comment still means more to me today than many of my past life events and awards. Focus on the mission, work hard, play hard.
Outstanding article. You were right it did make me proud,and it brought back several memories. I see my service there as if it were yesterday although it has been close to 20 years ago. I am damn proud to have served in the 2nd ID.
Then there was Yon-ga-gul just south of Son-ju-ri. It was a place with the best massage and bath I ever experienced.
I can't help myself this evening, so I'm gonna brag...
I went to Roseys Bar outside Camp Billy Mosier. The claim to fame here is MASH 4077. The TV show referenced the bar at times. The opening pictures from MASH showed helos landing on the hill above Camp Billy Mosier with Hawkeye somewhere in the picture. It was at one time the 2/61 ADA headquarters.
Lol I was in Camp Pelham that was "our" village Son yu ri and we would go to Yangigo also (not sure of the spelling)
Was in Korea in 76 at camp Howze and we would frequent the "Turkey Farm" in Yon Ju Gol. $2 was the going fee. Then we'd go down to the Moon Tea House for a "chilly."
I was SR Radio Mech for HHB 2/61 ADA in 74/75.
We were at casey until the summer of 75 and then we moved to camp Mosier on the MSR close to camp red cloud.
Korea was good duty back then
I just came back from 3 years in korea, FA 6/37, its a shame to have moved from Camp Stanley, I loved that small lil camp.
Camp Casey is blah Hated it.
I have a web page about Camp Stanley, with pictures from 1954 to some from last year. Only a few recent one, so could use some from 2000 to now, if any of you guys have some to add to it. We will not be at Stanley much longer, so would love to get some recent ones while we still have troops in that area.
Here is the web page. It does load slow, so give it some time.
Send any pictures you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Its a shame to give up Camp Stanly to the ROK, we re'did one of the deplapidated barracks and they made a HUGE px..
I'll miss that cool upper AHA tunnel, walking threw there during the winter was kinda x-files creepy feel to it.
Ive got some old pics somewhere i'll see what I can dig up.
I *DONT* miss the 20 day field problems in febuary in twin bridges!
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