Pictures of Korea from 1960-1961
I was stationed at Camp Casey Sep 1960 to 61 as a Truck Driver, and on the day that Gen Park Chung Hee took over the Korean Government, I was sent to pick up a Sgt at the MP Station at Casey. He told me we would be going to a airfield south of Seoul to pick up some Priority Cargo. He was in his web gear and carrying a M3 45 cal Sub-machine-gun, as were the MPs in the 2 Jeeps that were going with us. As we headed south towards Seoul, we saw more and more Korean Troops marching and setting up sand bag emplacements. As we got close to Seoul, the larger intersections had either tanks or machine guns setup. This is when I asked the Sgt, are you sure these are South Koreans? He assured me they were.
Down Town Seoul, 1961
This is Seoul, along the river in 1961.
We went through Seoul without any problems with the MP lights flashing, and arrived at the airfield and loaded some large wood crates. Going back North to Casey I had a MP Jeep in front of me, and one in back of my truck, and a Sgt in the cab. The MP Sgt told me to follow the lead MP Jeep, and to for no reason to stop for anything. He said if anything gets in our way, push them out of the way. When we arrived back at Casey, I backed up to the 7th Inf Div HQ, and they off loaded it.
I never did find out what the cargo was for sure, but rumor at the time was since there was a coup d'état, the US Military had shipped some new TS Communications Equipment to be used by the HQ Units, in-case the new South Korean Government became not friendly to the US Interest.
I had just turned 18, and this was burnt into my memory forever.
This is a Korean Tank in Seoul during the 1961 Coup
A typical Bus of that time frame up near Cp Kaiser (Unchon-ni)
A Village up in the area near Camp Kaiser. As a Truck Driver,
I drove from Cp Casey to Cp Kaiser often in my M211 2 1/2 Truck.
That is the bridge you crossed coming from Cp Casey,
then turned to go up through the Chinese Tunnel
This is the Chinese Tunnel, viewed coming from Cp Kaiser.
The MSR was gravel from Cp Casey Gate 2 North.
This Little Piggy Went to Market
A small village up near the Chinese Tunnel
The younger generation in Korea doesn't
have a clue what there parents had to do.
The road between Camp Red Cloud and Camp Casey.
Uijongbu Bus 1961
Typical house in the country 1961
Uijongbu Street 1960-61
Uijongbu view from hill in 1961
The Village of Chung on the out skirts of Seoul
The Village of Pangol
Tongduchon in the 1961
GIs on road march near Uncheon (old name Unchon-ni)
This is highway 37 just east of Chon-gok in 1960
The older generation did what was needed to survive.
Waiting to load on the Troop Ship at Inchon to go home.
Packed like sardines
Most of us went home in these Troop Ships till around 1970
These were the C-124 double decker cargo plane that we
flew on in the early days when we got R&R's to Japan for a weeks
rest. Some of the guys flew home in them also, but very few. I
don't know which would be worse, the Troop Ship, or that C-124
island hopping all the way back to the States. :)
More coming soon