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UN Base Camp Hospital
Does anybody remember the UN base camp with hospital facilities that was located between the
Munsan bridge and the 24th Aviation air strip A-119. I had a wisdom tooth dug out there by a
Swedish dentist on new years day 1958.
They tore the camp down a month or so after that and there were still a couple of concrete floors in
place when I left. Harold Dean
15th QM Company
ANSWER 1) On October 6, 1967 I was a platoon leader with B Co. 2/23. We were the division
Quick Reaction Force and that morning had flushed several North Koreans during a sweep of the
DMZ in the far left sector of the division front with the Imjin River as the boundary on our left flank.
As our forward pursuit platoon watched one of them disappear in the distance on the north side of
the MDL, a heavy machinegun hidden in a tree line next to the river opened up and fired at us for
several minutes. We sustained one casualty, ended the operation and were back in our compound
in the afternoon.
I have a vague memory of hearing about a boat being shot up in the river later that day or the next.
It seems to me, given the fact that there was a known North Korean gun emplacement along the
Imjin that had already fired upon American soldiers that day, it is much more likely that the official
report of "hostile firing by Norht Korea" is more credible than speculation that friendly fire was the
cause of the "Man Overboard." 1Lt Bill Greenhut
B Co, 2nd BN 23rd Inf
2nd Inf Div, 1967 - 1968
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What was the name of the club at libby bridge during the years 1969-1970 ?
If memory serves me correctly it had a name coming and going across the
bridge. "Clarence Smith"
#1 ANSWER) I just opened up the site again and among the pictures in the Prelude section is
a map of the 'NO FIRE AREAS' and the 'UNC Base Camp' I spoke of is clearly shown. It's the
same camp I vividly remember but it was not between the A-119 and Munsan, but beyond
A-119. Harold Dean
15th QM Company
#2 ANSWER) The camp where Harold Dean had his tooth pulled was known as 8th Army
Base Camp back in the mid 50's. It was on the intersection that led to the Imjim river and DMZ
and south to Camp Rose It had a chapel, movie theaters, Em Club, etc. that the smaller units in
the area did not have. We would walk up Sunday mornings and/or had a shuttle during the night.
6th Tank Battalion
24th Div Inf Div
1954 - 1956
ANSWER 1 ) The club in question #7 was called Last Chance, however, it having two names
I don’t remember. Although I did hear some of us refer to it as First Chance. It was the first club
coming off the bridge and the last going back across the bridge.
SSG Douglas L Pierce
ANSWER 2 ) The answer to the question of the bar at Libby Bridge with two names is as
The Bar was located in Changpa-ri when you crossed from the DMZ back to the South the name
was the First Chance Bar and when you went back North is read the Last Chance Bar.
ANSWER 3 ) The answer on question #7 is First Chance when leaving the DMZ and Last
Chance when returning to the Z, the club was on the South side of Libby Bridge in the Villege of
Chang-pa-ri. Ric "Speedy" Gonzalez
HHC Support Command
ANSWER 4 ) Its the Last Chance - First Chance Bar. It was as you enter or leave the bridges
area south of the river at Changpa-ri. I saw it many times, one side was First Chance as you
went south and Last Chance if you were going north. SGT Joseph W. Herber
A Co, 2nd BN 31st Inf
7th Inf Div, 1967
SGT Joseph W. Herber
A Co, 2nd BN 31st Inf
7th Inf Div, 1967
DOES ANYONE HAVE A PHOTO THAT APPEARED IN THE STARS & STRIPES OF
SHOT UP THREE-QUARTER TON, AROUND THE TIME OF THE PUEBLO CAPTURE
STEVE HAGER - C/6/44
I was in Korea 1969-1971. Spent winter of 71 attached to 3rd brigade of the 7Th Infantry division.
We were sleeping and eating at a Camp Jackson. We would report to HQ of 3rd brigade every day
from camp Jackson which was less than a 1/4 mile away from HQ'S.
My Question Is; How can the Army have two camps the same name in a country as
small as South Korea?
The other Camp Jackson was South of the Imjin River and I believe it was used for NCO School. If
you have any questions or need photos of this camp just contact me.
SP4 Tom Stiefel
S-3 Office also 3rd Bde
1970 - 1971
Camps Casey and Jackson
#1 - I was stationed at HHC3rd Bde, Camp Jackson, 2 Inf Div, fr0m Nov 1966 to Dec 1967
THE other Camp Jackson is/was south IMJIN river near Uijeongbu, I found this out later when I
returned for my 3rd tour.
3rd Brigade, 2nd Inf Div
#2 - I was with A company 2nd BN 40th Armor in 1963 when it moved from Camp Beavers in the 7th
Division to the 1st Cav Division and was re-designated as 2nd BN 15th Armor.
After we left Camp Beavers and moved into the 1st Cav area above the Imjin, we named the
compound after our CO, Capt Lacy M Jackson. He was sort of tall about 6' 1" thin and wore glasses
and was one of the best commanders i ever served with in my 24 1/2 years of service.
A Co 2nd BN 15th Armor
1st Cav Div
Greaves Club And Hill Top
What was the name of the NCO Club at Camp Greaves across the river at Freedom Bridge?
Was there a hill number or section number assigned to the hill, right of the club, facing the
entrance. We had a Quonset Hut Tent up on that hill for 'Wind Chill Factor' for the troops on the
fence. Fred Buck
Ballistic Meteorologist - Weather
1969 - 1970 Camp McNair
ANSWER; Greaves Club
The club on Camp Greaves was called NOTRI, "North Of The River Inn"
Not sure of the building number
I am looking for information on the unit nicknamed Ghost Walkers. They were the
predecessors to the Imjin Scouts and may have operated in Korea from 1962 - 1979 or later.
Would like to know who they belonged to and anything that anyone knows about the unit.
The nickname "Ghost Walker" was a nickname for a unit that was officially named, 2nd div.amu
and sniper school. Between 1968-69 during my tour they operated out of Camp Lawton. They
were basically a sniper team and they practiced on the rifle range that ran parallel with the
access road into Camp Lawton. They went on secret missions into the DMZ and at times they
were sent to Viet Nam on special missions that I believe involved the CIA. I have had e-mail
correspondents with a member of that unit who served with that unit during my tour.
SSG Terry G. Arcemont was assigned to Camp Custer with 1/9 Inf. He had scrounged M151 grills (with
mounted headlights) from me which they mounted three each for lighting on each boat. We were
washing out the original M151s because the new series were being issued. I believe there were six
boats total. They would drift the boats down the Imjin looking for infiltrators. The rumor was that this
was a friendly fire incident. His wife and kids lived a block away from my house in Paju-ri.
I wonder if some of our group knows more about the real story. SSG John Ace
C CO 707th Maintenance BN
1967 - 1968
About the time the river patrol boats arrived our platoon of A2/23 was detailed to cut brush around
the north side Freedom Bridge. We spent about a month up there.
While there, a bunch of crates were put under the bridge. I was told that they belonged to new
boats that would be used to patrol the river. I found some markings on one of the boxes, in
Korean, “mi-gun nom kae sik-i gah.” I understood Korean, but had not as yet been educated in the
more base aspects of the language.
Being the eternal optimist I thought perhaps it was a good luck inscription to American soldiers
(mi-gun). I asked a Korean and learned the inscription loosely translated as “big nose American
Sgt Robert Oberdorf
A Co 2/23rd Inf
1966 - 67
Does anyone know the meaning (complete name) of this Army acronym: NACIP ?
I read it in my unit's annual history supplement, where it states that "First Battalion Fifteenth
Field Artillery assembled a 100-man security force and completed a successful NACIP exercise";
this was in early 1973 and I remember being involved and it having to do with counter-NK
infiltration as part of a ROK government security program;
I researched it on the Internet but nothing turned up; the only thing I can think of as a possibility
is "National Counter-Infiltration Program" (with NA referring to the first two letters in National);
so if any rare "Army acronymologist" out there can help me I would appreciate it. (So many
reasons to love the Army--it had its own language so we can't figure things out later after we
forget!) Michael Witmer
2nd Infantry Division 1972-1973
I believe the writer is referring to the term “NAICP” which stands for Nuclear Accident Incident
Control Plan as defined in some publically released documents. In my own experience,
however, the term was used to refer to a “Nuclear Accident Incident Contingency Plan”. This
plan was written to form the basis for a military reaction to any Nuclear Accident or Incident
which might endanger military personnel, civilians, or cause the compromise or loss of
militarized nuclear weapons or material.
While I was assigned to the 4th Missile Command in 1963 and 1964, the Command had
designated vehicles, equipment and personnel which could be activated if needed. For
example, my unit, the 226th Signal Company was tasked to provide HF radio teletype vehicles,
VHF multi-channel voice radio vehicles and Communications Terminal vans which could send
and receive encrypted messages in support of the Commands NAICP commitment.
We practiced the plan two times during my assignment there, but it was integrated into other
field exercises. I believe this was done to reduce the likelihood of revealing the existence of
nuclear warheads within the Command. At that time, the official US Policy, to my knowledge,
was to deny the existence of nuclear weapons in South Korea.
I remember being told that warheads and Atomic Demolition Munitions (ADM) devices were
moved within the country on several occasions but I was not directly involved in routine
movements if they occurred. We did have cryptographic equipment and designated keylists
which were reserved exclusively for nuclear related communications requirements however
and I remember issuing these on several occasions.
CW4, USA (Ret)
4th Missile Command
Tunnel Digging Sensors
Was there a central listening post in a tunnel/cave somewhere under the DMZ where sensors
for digging/tunneling were monitored ?
This would have been north of the river.
354th/6175th Security Police
I was looking at your site when I came across question #15.
About 3 years ago I met a Sgt Staples (not his real name) and we talked for about a half hour. During
that time I had asked him 3 questions and one of them was about the sensors.. He said it was
classified. End of conversation!
After all these years, nobody seems willing to talk about it. SO .......
"We have been doing a lot of night work, and often there is firing all around us. But other than that,
it is pretty quiet. The work itself is pretty simple, carry a walkie talkie and be his radio man. We
each carry a .45cal and 1 clip of ammo, not that they would really do us much good. He carries the
only other piece of equipment, a box with some type of sensors in it. He wears no unit insignia of
any type and never speaks of his unit - only the job at hand."
As long as I live, I will never forget my last night out. We were given designated positions to go to
and dropped off after dark. We walked until we were close to the location and then we crawled the
rest of the way. When we got to the location he set the sensors out in an arc, connected them to
the box and put on earphones, like he had done so many nights before. But this night, would be
different from all other nights. This one, I'll always remember.
On other missions he would give me a report to call in such as 'tanks moving to our right', or
'artillery digging in', and so forth. Each report was different, describing something that was
happening out in front of us. We were never questioned about our reports and the only response I
got back was 'Roger Out.' - NOT TONIGHT!
We had been on location for almost an hour and were close enough to watch the North Koreans
work. They looked like piss ants at a picnic. The entire time we were there he was busy making
adjustments and listening very intently. Finally, he turned to me and said "Report". I keyed the
radio and called in, "Daddy1,Daddy1, Junior3 over", 'Daddy1 over', was their response. He looked
at me with wide eyes and spoke in a whisper, 'Tell Daddy1 that they are under us!'. I passed the
message along , "Daddy1,Daddy1, they are under us! over".
The pause was longer than normal. Finally daddy1 came back 'Repeat!'. Again I gave them the
message, "They are under us!". There was another long pause - then came the message from
daddy1 that I will never forget, 'Junior3, tell Junior he is listening to deer movement, roger that?'.
"Daddy1, I roger that".
I moved closer to my partner to whisper in his ear. 'They said you are picking up deer movement'.
He handed me the headset and told me to listen. I listened for a while, then he asked me what I
thought. I told him I didn't know deer could move underground.
My partner then took the walkie talkie, 'Daddy1 this is Junior over'. 'Deer are not in front of us!'. At
this point he was almost yelling in a whisper. I began looking around to make sure that no one was
moving in on us. A lot of good our .45's would do. And the whole time I couldn't help but overhear
much of what he was telling them. 'No Damn It! They Are Not In Front Of Us, Not Right, Not Left,
Straight Down Under Us, THEY ARE UNDER US!'. ... pause ... 'That's correct, Under Us', ... another
pause ... 'Yes sir, over and out'.
At this point, in total silence, he started packing up his gear, then finally said, 'Lets go, we have to
get out of here'. And at that we began to quietly make our way back to papa.
Before I went into debriefing, the guy I knew as junior for a short time, had these parting words,
'Forget what happened tonight, understood?'. Then he turned and walked away, and that was the
last time I ever saw him.
During the debriefing they told me we had done a good job, but for me, the job was complete. They
fully expected that what we had been doing would be forgotten and not spoken of.
And with that, they sent me back to my unit.
I really haven't given it much thought over the past 40+ years and never spoke of it to anyone. It's
one of those tales nobody is going to believe anyway. However, I can not help but think that over
the years there have been 4 clues as to what we were doing. I just never pieced them together
My Last Entry In My Diary;
Dec 24th 1967 -
I told you about some of the things that happened up here. I did not tell you everything, maybe,
someday I will.
Junior 3, over and out!
2nd Inf Div
DOES ANYBODY HAVE PICTURES OF THE HUGE TUNNEL FOUND IN 78-79 ?
George Lewis - email@example.com
DMZ Christmas Tree
I understand that on December 19, 1967, a 40 foot Christmas Tree with 140 lights was erected on a
hilltop in the 2ID area overlooking the front line with North Korea and was kept lit through the
Does anyone know where this was located?
2nd Admin 2nd ID
I am trying to determine the location of field maneuvers that 8th Army had with, among other
units, the 82nd Airborne making a very large drop. And, I think, I Corps, 2nd and 7th Div's were
I was with 38th Artillery at the time. Location and dates would be most helpful.
Thank you all
HHB, 4th BN 44th DA
1968 - 1970
Does anyone have any knowledge about how Charlie Block got that name or any major battles that
may have taken place there during the war? My hootch was at the base of Charlie Block at North
Camp Custer in 64-65 and during the monsoon you never knew what would be washed down to our
Sp4 Robert Johnson - 545th MP Co, 1st Cav Div
I have found the answer to the Charlie Block question, which prompted me to develop a new page
Click To View - Charlie Block
Mountain And Battle Name
There is a mountain in close proximity to the Kimpo Airport and was very visible from around
the area. I had heard that the mountain was disfigured because of a fierce battle that took place
there during the war.
Does anybody know the name of the mountain and the battle that took place there.
Photos would also be appreciated.
STEVE HAGER - C/6/44
I was stationed at the end of the runway of Kimpo Air Base 1960-61. That mountain that you're
asking about was known as The Witches Tit. I don't know about the battle that took place only
what the mountain was always called.
Hq & Hq Co
2nd Engineer Group (const)
Oso Ri, Korea 1960 - 1961
My question has been answered by Bob West;
KAEHWA-SAN MT)----BATTLE FOR KIMPO
C Btry 6th BN 44th ADA
Blue House Raid Action
I just finished watching "Running the DMZ: Korea on the Frontlines" and I have a question.
In this program, in the part about the Blue House raid, they show a map with the infiltrators coming
right over Munsani and then, on the retreat map, it showed little firefights right near there again. The
commentator says that only three NK's made it back from Seoul and two were killed by South Korean
and Second ID soldiers. My recollection is that our Battalion, 1/79th Arty, 7th ID, were the ones who
killed the NK's. I have a letter that I sent home describing the firefight and the trooper that had his eye
blown out by a NK frag that was used when they killed themselves. The troopers name was Conterez.
I also remember that one of the other GI's that was closely engaged was awarded the Bronze Star at a
ceremony at Camp Hartell later.
Camp Hartrell was located at the western base of Charlie Block, about a mile south of Munsan.
Anyone have any information about this?
Pvt Mark Johnson
HHB 1 BN 79th Artillery
7th Infantry Division 1967-1968
The firefight I was thinking about did not happen during the period of the Blue House Raid.
But I am still interested in hearing more about the incident
I was in Recon Platoon HHC 1/23 from June 67 until May of 68. During the Blue house raid we were
sent out to check some intel from a civilian that an infiltrator was hold up in a farm house. Not sure
where it was now but. We cornered him in a hooch. Ssgt Jenkins Kicked in a door and found
nothing. As he kicked in the second door the NK opened up. Jenkins go a granade into the
building and took him out. I really remember it was very late and very cold.
SP4 Ron Belcher
HHC 1st BN 23rd Inf
2nd Inf Div
1967 - 1968
The Incident took place June 11,1967
I, Pfc Robert Childress, was the soldier who lost his eye from grenade frag on that patrol
I was with "B" Btry 1st BN 79th Arty
The other soldier Was Spc Frank Contrezes
I was awarded the Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal w/Vdevice
Contrezes was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for pulling me to safety
Pfc Robert W. Childress
B Btry 1st BN 79th Arty, Camp Paine
7th Inf Div
1967 - 1968
Blue clad ROK Police
While I was at Camp Stanley during 1972-73 I spent some time in the "ville" (an understatement). I
seem to remember the occasional presence there of blue-clad ROK police who had a very rough
reputation -- the story among GIs was that these guys had a bad attitude toward us (I wonder why)
and had a real mission to protect Korean civilians from GI abuse--
and they were martial arts experts to boot.
Although I don't remember this ever actually happening, sometimes some of us would have too
much to drink (on rare occasions) and start bantering about going out and finding these guys and
taking them on in the streets.
*** I wonder if anyone (especially former MPs) may know more about this, such as
the name of this ROK police unit and any stories relating to them. ***
This is just another one of my faded memories from long-past, ill-spent, teenage years. (I still
can't believe that I survived all of this.)
1/15 FA, 2nd ID
I remember the "blue clad" ROK police too. I saw them in Chang pa ri 1966-1967,and on
subsequent tours Osan ni & Pusan, 1972-1973 and TDC, Camp Casey, 1978-1979.
AND every tour I had, you go to ville or Seoul/Yongsan, well, these blue clad police would just
absolute GLARE at G.I.s!! One could tell, in my opinion, that they did not like U.S.soldiers! It's
been 33 years since my last tour in Korea, but I still remember THAT GLARE!!
HQ's 2nd Inf Div
1966 - 1967
I wonder if the police mentioned are the KNP- Korean National Police. They used to cruise into our
ville on their panhead Harley Police Bikes wearing their mirrored sunglasses and cavalry riding
pants & leather leggings. I've attach a B&W photo
Pfc Ken Wisz
1974 - 1975
Camp Echo Hill
What happened to Maynard after he was thrown out of 2nd story window?(dead or alive?) 1973
Pfc Randy Rico
C Btry 2nd BN 71st ADA
1973 - 1974
I was with B Btry 2/71 (2 Dec 73-2Dec74), I do not remember hearing about anyone that died
in C Btry from being thrown out of the window.
B Btry, 2nd BN 71st ada
1973 - 1974
Joe Paul Terrill
Does anyone remember serving with Joe Paul Terrill? He was in the 1st Cav 1963-64 and ran a
radio program out of AFKN.
I'm his daughter and would like to connect with anyone who may remember him.
Yes I Knew Joe. I was in the 9th Cav on the zone. We crossed paths 2 times as I recall, once at Div
HQ and once in the Soeul area.
Joe and I graduated from the same High School.
1st Cav Div