I have seen some of the veteran sites out there that offer old photographs of Korea but Bruce Richard’s site is the best archive of old photographs of USFK facilities I have seen yet. Using Bruce’s picture archives I present a pictorial history of Camp Stanley:
For those that have been stationed at Camp Stanley before, the above image of tent city is starkly different from what has been built on the camp today. Not only is the camp extremely different but so is the terrain because Suraksan Mountain in the background looks completely deforested compared to the thickly forested slopes of the mountain today.
In this aerial photo from 1955 the rice paddies that still surround the camp to this day can be seen:
This next image from 1961 shows how much development took place in less then 10 years with all the tents replace with quonset huts and other permanent buildings:
This next image shows a 1964 image of the “ville” adjacent to Camp Stanley:
The first real barracks built on Camp Stanley with some of these barracks still visible today were constructed in 1970:
Here is what the front gate of Camp Stanley looked like in 1975:
Here is an image of Camp Stanley from the 1980′s:
The large quonset hut building in the picture above was what was used as the Camp Stanley PX until the new facility was opened in 2005. Needless to say the new PX was a huge upgrade compared to the old one.
Here is an aerial picture of what Camp Stanley looks like today:
In the above aerial image you can see Camp Stanley in the middle of the image while Stanleyville is the area with the blue roofed buildings on the left. The Uijongbu Prison can be seen on the right side of the picture. The fields of rice that could be seen in the earlier images, like I said before are still visible today around Camp Stanley and are worked by the prisoners housed at the correctional facility.
Finally here is one last image of the current Camp Stanley front gate:
I hope everyone enjoyed this quick pictorial history of Camp Stanley which it appears the camp’s days are numbered depending on the success of the USFK transformation plan ever happening. With the current Korean governmental delay games it is probably an even bet that Camp Stanley will probably be operating for another decade or more.
Note: Make sure to check out the complete archives available on Bruce Richard’s site because I just cherried picked some of the best photos to create this pictorial history with. There are literally hundreds of great photos on the site definitely worth checking out.