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                    Safest Piece Of Ground
  When I was initially assiged to be the power generator section chief up on the tac site of C Btry
1/2 ADA (IHawk), I was taken up there and given a walking tour of the area by the guy whom I would
be replacing. The moment I got my first glimpse of the Hawk missiles sitting on their launchers
pointing "out there," I do not remember if I actually froze in my tracks, but I felt frozen in place... I
was stunned!
  I mean we grow up knowing that we have the baddest-assed military force in the world. It's a
given for any American. We learn about the Revolutionary War, both World Wars, and finally, about
the granddaddy of badass, the Atom Bomb, but it's all History books and Hollywood.
  As I stood there that day, taking in this awesome display of firepower, without actually knowing
anything at the time (but I would learn!) about missiles, how they worked, how they were deployed,
or what type of warfare they were actually for, I decided right then and there that this TAC site was
the safest piece of ground in the entire world!
  This emotion would remain strong within me throughout my tour. A few months down the line, I
had the privilege of going to live fire, during which one of my 60KW generators would power the
system before and up until the missile went airborne... POW!!!
  My feelings were confirmed that day!

Submitted By;
SP4 Frankie Blea
C Btry 1/2 ADA
38th Arty Brigade
8th Army
1979 - 198
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                            Songs We Sang

    
Another radically great thing that stood out in my mind while I was in Korea, and reverbrates still
today are the American song, Silver Wings and the Korean song, Saram He Tongshinun? (of course
not proper spelling)  What stands out so sharply to this day, is the total sense of community these
two songs seemed to invoke.  
    We were all a hodge-podge bunch of guys and gals of every race, color, creed, ethnicity and
socio-economical background imagineable, mixed in with a society of native folk and culture unlike
anything most of us had ever encountered, and on top of all of this, the age range of the GI
population ran somewhere between 18 and 60, give or take.
    We were thrown together in our respective and (at the time anyway) highly compacted
individual unit environments (for the likes of us at C Btry, 1/2 ADA), or compounds/camps, (Casey,
Red Cloud, Hovey, Humphries, and all the rest).  Our tastes in music were as diverse as each one
of the thousands of us stationed all across the ROK.  Yet I remember vivdly, that whenever either
one of these songs would come on at any of the favorite local watering holes down at the ville, the
entire gaggle of GI's and Koreans would become as one in the most awesome chorus the world
has never known.
    The Korean song had two clearly discernible and easily learned pieces that caused every
lovelorned GI to croon affectionatley...the starting line, "saram he tongshinun," which easilly
conjured up Elvis and "Love Me Tender," and it's chorus, which went something like "ye ye
ye....ye ye ye ye ye ye....ye ye ye ye."  This song got the entire club rocking and resonated across
the ville!  
    The American song, Silver Wings also got everyone going.  I guess it struck a famliar chord with
us all. Read the lyrics below and those of you who were there in the 70's should recognize it
immediately, and others, just by reading them, may relate to the spirit of it and understand why it
was so popular at that particular place and time. Although it was of the country-western genre,
nobody seemed to notice, because everyone sang it, and when the MP's came around closing the
clubs and tossing us out into the street, the music inside the club was silenced, but the chorus of
Silver Wings echoed across the land as we stumbled back to the compound.  Such were the ties
that bound us.

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight

Don't leave me, I cried
Don't take that airplane ride
But you locked me out of your mind
Left me standing here behind

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight


You Tube ; Silver Wings

Submitted By;
SP4 Frankie Blea
C Btry 1/2 ADA
38th Arty Brigade
8th Army
1979 - 198
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