Camp Casey is one of the most recognized camps in Korea that has a long history stretching all the way back to when the camp was founded during the Korean War as the base camp for the Royal Thai Battalion, the 19th Battalion Combat Team, Philippines, the US 45th Division, and the 5th and 7th Marines. On 21 March 1953, 1st Royal Australian Regiment was relieved by 2nd Royal Australian Regiment at Camp Casey, near Tongduchon, and returned to Australia later that month. The establishment of Camp Casey has a very international history that probably most soldiers serving today have no idea of.
Using pictures from various veterans sites I present a pictorial history of Camp Casey. Here is a 1954 image of Camp Casey that was taken just a year after the end of the Korean War and the camp was nothing but a tent city:
The camp was named in 1952 after Major Hugh Casey who was an engineer officer that was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for combat actions during the evacuation of Hungnam, North Korea. Casey died in December 1951 when the light observer plane he was flying in was shot down by ground fire and crashed on a small hill in the middle of present day Camp Casey. This hill to this day is marked by a large white cross that if you look at the picture above the hill had the cross constructed on it back in 1954.
By 1955 the living conditions on Camp Casey improve a bit when the tents were mostly replaced with quonset huts:
If you can believe it, it wasn’t until a few years ago that some 2nd Infantry Division soldiers were still either living or working in quonset huts. There is no one I know of anymore that is living in any quonset huts.
The remnants of the international foundings of Camp Casey were still evident even in 1961 with the last Thai camp in Korea located at present day Camp Castle which is located near Camp Casey:
Here is how Camp Casey looked in 1968. (Click Link for Picture)
Here is what the Camp Casey PX looked like in 1968:
Here is a 1995 image of the old Burger King on Camp Casey that has since been knocked down:
I ate at this Burger King many times before it was knocked down I want to say in 2003.
Here is an image of the PX and commissary area on Camp Casey in 2008:
If you look closely at the PX you will see the remnants of the old PX pictured earlier in this photo essay.
Make sure to click the links and check out the sites that have many old pictures of Camp Casey such as Bruce Richards great site. If anyone knows of any other sites that have some nice old pictures of Camp Casey please leave a link in the comments section. Thanks.
Below is a listing of the various “A Profile” postings published here on the ROK Drop that I recommend everyone that hasn’t read them yet to please check out as well:
- A Profile of the Western Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
- A Profile of USFK’s Western Corridor Camps
- A Profile of USFK Camps In Dongducheon
- A Profile of the TDC Ville
- A Profile of Bosan-dong Ville
- A Profile of Teokgeo-ri
- A Profile of Uijongbu
- A Profile of USFK Camps In Uijongbu
- A Profile of Closed Out USFK Camps In Uijongbu
- A Profile of Camp Red Cloud
- A Profile USFK Camps In Seoul
- A Profile of the Korea Training Center
- A Profile of the Chinese Tunnel
- A Profile of Camp Mujuk
- A Profile of Camp Page