Korea

Life in the military camp

So far, I haven’t been able to work out where the camp where Michael was based. The only information I have is the abbreviation “19Fd” that Michael wrote on some of the slides.

The troops lived in quonsets (metal huts) as you can see in the next couple of pictures.

A quonset
A quonset
19Fd Officer's Mess
19Fd Officer’s Mess

Michael was among a team of engineers who stayed in Korea during relative peacetime, so conditions were pretty good. There are a handful of photos in Michael’s collection showing the lighter side of life in Korea.

Harry
Harry
Self
Self
Boys & sign
Boys & sign
Prince the dog
Prince the dog

No written evidence exists, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this next snap is a pretty good indication that some of the soldiers struck up relationships with Korean women.

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Clen & Helen, Camp Casey

Note that this picture is specifically captioned as being taken in Camp Casey. Camp Casey is an American military camp in Dongducheon, South Korea, some40 miles north of Seoul. It is not clear if the other photographs on this page were also taken in the same place, or if Michael was ever stationed at Camp Casey.

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