Camp Stanley began as an unnamed Tent City in 1953
occupied by the 13th Helicopter Company, 36th Enginner Gp, 11th EB, 7th ID. In 1958 it was named after one of the 36th Engineering Battalion's
Commanders, Col. Stanley. The first Permanent building was erected in 1969. In early 1971 the 7th ID
took over the camp, when they moved units from Paju in the DMZ area to Stanley. In late 1971 the
2nd ID took over the 7th ID mission.
Command of Camp Stanley passed from the 2nd Infantry Divisionís Fires Brigade to the 501st Corps Support Group recently, marking the end of 34 years occupation by 2nd Infantry Division units. Army records show the facility opened as a tent city in 1954 and has been home to various 2nd ID units since 1971.
Second IDís departure from Camp Stanley ó a result of the U.S. Armyís transformation and base realignment process on the peninsula ó was swift. The Fires Brigade and 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment already have relocated to Camp Casey. Another Camp Stanley-based unit, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, will join them later this month. And 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation left for Camp Humphreys in June.
Along with the 501st, units moving to the base this year include the 498th Combat Support Battalion; 46th Transportation Company; 61st Maintenance Company; 305th Quartermaster Company; Detachment A, 168th Medical Company; 304th Signal Battalion and the 15th Korean Service Corps Company, officials said.
Recently the 501st Commander, Col. Jayne Carson of Annandale, Va., stood amid soldiers unpacking photographs, honors boards and various other symbols of the unit brought from their old home at Camp Red Cloud to hang on the wall of her new headquarters.
Initially 300 soldiers with the 501st will be based at Camp Stanley, but once other units arrive the population will rise to around 1,500, down from a population of about 2,800 when 2nd ID was there. The camp will be the hub for the 501stís operations, which involve 2,000 soldiers spread across 22 camps all over the peninsula, Carson said.
In Area I, the 501st provides combat service support services to 2nd ID. That includes supply, maintenance, transport and movement control as well as postal and personnel service support, she said.
The character of the base will probably not change greatly with the new units, Carson said ó but some of the new soldiers have noticed that their new work and living environments are different from the old.
The ban on personally owned vehicles in Area I affected many lieutenants and noncommissioned officers who have moved north from Camp Humphreys. Another big change is the lack of families or children at Camp Stanley compared to Camp Humphreys, she said.
The 46th Transportation Company has parked dozens of palletized load system vehicles on the base airstrip where Black Hawk helicopters used to hover.
|Photo Display Aug 2013|
|1973 through 2005|
|1964 through 1972|
|1961 through 1963|
|1953 through 1960|
|D Company 4th Maint Bn (1969-70)|
|The Chinese Tunnel|
During my 2nd tour in Korea, 1969-70, I took a mid tour leave to the States. I was tight on money, so tried taking Space A Hops both ways. I did Great going home, and caught one in about 12 hours,from Osan AFB all the way to Scott AFB outside of St Louis. I caught a local commuter flight from there, to Nashville.
For the Return Flight, I set aside 3 days to allow for delays. I caught another commuter flight to St Louis, and lucked out. I walked up to the Space A Counter, and asked the guy what he had going towards Korea. He said there is a C141 headed to Hawaii, and if I hurried up and filled out the paper, I could catch them. They were departing in 15 mins.
The flight to Hawaii went great, so I checked in at Space A at Hickam AFB, for a flight to Korea. The guy said they had at least 2 every day, so I decided since I had plenty of time, I would soak up some sun for a day. I returned the next day, and the guy said I just missed one, and the 2nd was leaving in a few hours. Great, found me a out of the way seat, and took a short nap.I woke up in plenty of time, checked in, and off to Korea. The flight was going to Kunson, instead of Osan, but no problem. Well, due to some storm, the plane arrived in Kunson after buses going to Seoul had all departed for the day. Now things are getting sticky... I was supposed to be signed in up north of Seoul, at Camp Stanly at 24:00, and only had about 7 hours to do it. I found 3 other guys in the same situation, so we decided to take a cab :) Found one that would take us to Uijongbu for $100. We gave him 1/2, and said the other when we arrived.
Well, the Korean Cars were very small, and not much to them then, but we fit our bags into the trunk, piled in, and headed north.
Well the roads sucked then, and we actually had to get out on a couple of hills, and help push it through a creek. Being half drunk made it even funnier than it was.
We arrived in Seoul just before Midnight, and during these yeas, there was a Mid Night Curfew for everyone, so we had to spend the night in Seoul. I called the unit, and told then I made it back to Seoul, and see if they could sign me in. They got the Hotel phone number, and called back to verify, and all was Good.