Camp Humphreys was one of Korea's largest Army installations in the 1970s. Units were also located at Camp Howard and Camp Ames. Camp Humphreys covers an area about one mile wide and two miles long.
Camp Humphreys in 1976-77 had several 3 story concrete block barracks as well as quasent huts. The camp had an NCO/EM club and an Officers club, Bowling Ally, Craft and Hobby Shop, Katusa Bar, PX, Class 6 store and several other stores. Camp Humphreys is located 55 miles south of Seoul on Highway #1 and eight miles east-southeast of Highway #1 on highway #45. It is eight miles west of the Bay of Asan on the West coast of Korean peninsula.
Camp Humphreys is also known as K-6. The airfield was initially constructed by the Japanese in 1939 during their occupation of Korea. After the Korean War broke out, the U.S. Air Force repaired and built a new runway to accommodate the Marine Air Group and the 6147th Tactical Control Group.
In 1962, the airfield was renamed Camp Humphreys, in honor of CWO Benjamin K. Humphreys, of the 4th Transportation Company, who died in a helicopter accident near here.
Camp Humphreys is the headquarters location for support of Eight United States Army and United States Forces Korea units south of Seoul and north of Taejon that includes units at Wonju (Camp Long & Camp Eagle), North East of Camp Humphreys.
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I was at Camp Humphreys on my 3rd tour to Korea, in 1978-79. I was assigned
to Hq Company Garrison, and was the Maintenance Sgt and NCOIC
of the Transportation Motor Pool (TMP). I also worked part time
at the MARS Station.
Being a Ham, and having a secondary MOS in commo, I was very familiar with the Army's PRC74 series radios.I had purchased some of them at a PDO sale at Ft Campbell Ky prior to PCs to Korea. I had used these radios before, and studied the Rhombic Antennas, thought it would be a neat radio to use while I was in Korea. Since these radios only put out 20 watts, I wanted to put up the most efficient HF antenna I could.
I got a aerial photo of the camp, and oriented it North with a
compass to figure where I needed my antenna. I Acquired (4) 1/4
mile rolls of wd1 commo wire, and set off making the antenna. I
located some telephone poles and trees that lined up pretty good.
I ended up terminating it on the top of HQ Company Garrison
barracks, which was a 2 story building. The antenna was aprox 2400
ft tip to tip. Great antenna. :)