ROK Drop

About

Welcome to the ROK Drop the leading military weblog out of Korea.

Disclaimer

This website has been online since June 2004 providing news and analysis about the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.  This site features the personal opinions of the authors that contribute here.  The opinions of this site is of course are our own and should in no way be interpreted as the opinions of the Department of Defense or the US military in general since we comment a lot about the US military on this site.  So in other words don’t complain to the Pentagon because you don’t like what we write because they in no way endorse this blog.

Also if you have any concerns about content on the site such as wanting your name removed from a posting send me an e-mail and I will remove your name.  Note after removing your name it may take a few days for Google to remove it from their cache.

Contact Info:

Finally, if you have any questions please feel free to send an email to:

It may take a little while because the site’s editor may be away from the computer, but all emails will eventually get a response as long as they are polite and not derogatory in nature.  I can also be contacted on my Twitter and Facebook accounts as well:

http://twitter.com/GIKorea

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ROK-Drop/145338712195253

Contributors

Currently the site features three contributors.

  • The first contributor to ROK Drop is GI Korea who has been following US-Korea issues for over 10 years.
  • The second contributor is USinKorea who is a former educator in Korea who maintains the excellent USinKorea.org site that track anti-US related issues in Korea.
  • The third contributor to the site is Bill Jempty who is a Florida based blogger who also contributes to the Wizbang blog as well.  He posts about sports related events.

Content

With the introduction and disclaimer out of the way lets get into what you will find on the ROK Drop. On this site you will find a wealth of information in regards to the dynamic nation of Korea which is a fascinating and increasingly important nation in the world.

Besides tracking current events this site is packed with lengthy historical posts about:

  • The Latest News – Read important news as it breaks here on the ROK Drop.
  • The Korean War – This conflict is known as the “Forgotten War” but it is not forgotten on the ROK Drop where I have various postings honoring the many heroes and actions during the Korean War
  • Korean history – Get a better understanding of Korea and how much Koreans have had to overcome to create the vibrant nation people see today.
  • Touring Information – Korea is beautiful country to tour around and will provide many great memories if you take the time to really see it. Hopefully this site helps you in that regards.
  • Sports – There is plenty on the site about Korean related sports and athletes.

Site Organization

If you know nothing about Korea then it is highly recommended that visitors use the link menu located on the sidebar to explore the many more blogs and information sites dedicated to this area. This site offers one perspective of Korea while other sites out there offer views of Korea from other perspectives that are worth checking out.

Despite being a site dedicated primarily to Korea there are still plenty of postings on this site in regards to northeast Asia issues along with global military issues in general that the site’s editor finds of interest.

All postings on this site can be accessed through the Archives tab on the above tool bar and clicking the corresponding category to search the archives. If you would rather do a key word search on this site then use the search bar located on the sidebar in order to search my archives.

Comments Policy:

If you find the posting you were looking for or something else of interest feel free to join in the conversation by leaving a comment. A number of highly intelligent readers frequent this site and can really expand on any inquiries you have and would love to read any further information you may have to share on a topic.  I do not pre-moderate any comments and welcome all kinds of thoughts, supportive, dissenting, critical or otherwise.  Comments are solely the opinion of the commenter and not the site admin.

I will not delete or censor any comments unless they have content that:

  • has classified information
  • is abusive
  • is off-topic
  • contains ad-hominem attacks
  • promotes hate of any kind
  • name calling
  • uses excessively foul language
  • is blatantly spam
  • the commenter is a sock puppet

All comments are filtered through the Akismet spam filtering technology.  The spam-filtering technology isn’t perfect, and from time to time it flags legitimate emails.  If you find that your comment isn’t immediately showing up, it may have been erroneously flagged as spam.

Finally, once again welcome to the ROK Drop and thanks for visiting.

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  • Dan
    8:24 am on February 27th, 2008 1

    Hi,

    We found your website and linked it on our Korea page (http://www.oconus.com/Main/korea.asp). You really have done a nice job with your site.

    Dan

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:38 am on February 27th, 2008 2

    Dan,

    Thanks for commenting. Your site has a lot of good links on it and I have added it to my sidebar.

  • Jeff
    6:05 pm on February 27th, 2008 3

    I am looking for any photos, websites, blog spots that show or talk about the little ville that is outside the back gate of Camp Stanley, (the more current the better).

    I was staioned there back in the mid 90's and would like to see what it looks liek now and also would like to track down an old friend that lived there.

    Thanks for the help!

  • GI Korea
    4:41 am on February 28th, 2008 4

    Jeff,

    You came to the right place. You can find postings about Stanleyville and Camp Stanley in general below:

    http://rokdrop.com/2008/01/31/comparing-red-light

    http://rokdrop.com/2007/07/18/a-profile-of-usfk-c

    http://rokdrop.com/2007/06/06/things-to-do-in-kor

  • James W Bolt
    9:31 pm on March 6th, 2008 5

    Hi just surf in this site is great I will visit it time and again.I enter Korea on the morming of the 6 July 1950.first battle was at Chonan on the 7 july then the disaster at the Kum River on the 14 july and the hammering At Taejon on the 20 July.Left Korea in August 1951 Return in 1953 and again in 1965. You can read my memoirs on the Korean War Educator mine is is number five in line. Sign 40 Yards

  • GI Korea
    12:11 am on March 7th, 2008 6

    James thanks for visiting the ROK Drop. I always appreciate having old Korean War vets stop by and check out the site.

    Since you were at Taejon you might find my series of postings on General Dean, the Battle of Taejon, and the Kum River Defense of interest:

    http://rokdrop.com/2006/09/11/heroes-of-the-korea

    As well I highly recommend you read my posting on the No Gun Ri incident:

    http://rokdrop.com/2007/07/26/responding-to-the-b

    I have whole lot more Korean War and general USFK info in my archive so feel free to browse through them. As well check back next week because I will be starting another Heroes of the Korean War series starting Monday.

    Once again thanks for visiting the ROK Drop.

  • ROK Drop — Keeping the USFK Gravy Train Rolling Since 1950.
    9:37 am on April 1st, 2008 7

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  • Akihiro Ito
    9:48 am on April 5th, 2008 8

    I am Japanese. Japan is interested?

    Those who are interested in Japan's link to my site please.

  • NoSpam
    11:24 am on April 19th, 2008 9

    GI Korea,

    I have Korea Finder photo for you. It also fits the WTF (Whacky Stuff) catergory.

    What is your email address?

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    11:46 am on April 19th, 2008 10

    I am always happy to check out possible posting ideas submitted by readers.

    My email is gikoreaonline (at) yahoo.com

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    6:44 pm on May 13th, 2008 11

    lcgrant go ahead and send it in and I will check it out. Be safe over there in the stan.

  • lcgrant
    5:26 am on May 13th, 2008 12

    I have a picture of the flag burning compound at FED. I can email it to you if you are interested.

    Regards from Mehterlam, Afghanistan.

  • lcgrant
    5:26 am on May 13th, 2008 13

    It's early, I meant flag burning at FED compound.

  • Korea Finder 20-08
    6:11 pm on July 9th, 2008 14

    [...] ROK Drop About [...]

  • Korea Finder 21-08
    4:21 pm on July 15th, 2008 15

    [...] ROK Drop About [...]

  • John Huh
    3:42 am on July 16th, 2008 16

    Dear the Editor of ROK Drop,

    My name is John Huh, a South Korean citizen, living at Kyoha New Town, Paju City, South Korea.

    This morning (July 16th, 2008) I came across with your wonderful site when I surfed the internet to find out some information on "Tokdo Islet".

    By reading the contents of your site I am very much astonished and impressed to know that your site carries

    lots of useful and the most updated information regarding the history and culture of South Korea.

    Your site will certainly serve to be the right place to visit for the foreigners who visit and stay in South Korea.

    As one of the citizens of South Korea, I will have to salute you for the amazing jobs you contribute to this site.

    Sincerely,

    John Huh

    Paju City, South Korea

    My email address is;

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    11:19 am on July 16th, 2008 17

    John thanks for visiting and the kind comments. I hope you continue to visit and feel free to contribute to the comment section here because more of a Korean point of view on issues posted here is always welcome.

  • J
    5:57 pm on July 16th, 2008 18

    Is any one currently stationed at Camp Stanley or lives in Uijongbu that would frequent or have any information on the little ville out side the back gate at Camp Stanley? I lived there from 1995-1997 and would like to try and contact some old friends that I am fairly sure are still there. Thanks!

  • Korea Finder 22-08
    10:12 am on July 22nd, 2008 19

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  • JAPUNDIT
    5:25 pm on July 24th, 2008 20

    A big thanks for linking to JAPUNDIT and for the kind words about Japan News Junkie.

    Sorry to be late, but I have added you to the JAPUNDIT and Japan News Junkie blogrolls, and to our aggregator.

    Thanks agian.

  • Calmseas
    4:41 am on July 28th, 2008 21

    Site Admin:

    Not really sure where, or even if I am allowed to post it, but here is an article of interest concerning Koreans in the Philippines, along with my comments:

    3 Koreans stabbed dead in Olongapo home

    http://services.inquirer.net/print/print.php?arti

    By Tonette Orejas

    Central Luzon Desk

    Posted date: July 27, 2008

    CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga—(UPDATE) Three members of a Korean family were stabbed and killed by still unidentified men in their house in Olongapo City on Sunday morning, a report reaching this regional police camp said.

    Policemen found the bodies of Seok Heijang, 54; her daughter Suna Yoo, 35; and her granddaughter, Haneul Baek, 9, sprawled in the bedroom of their house at Sitio Kakilingan, Iram resettlement in Barangay (Village) Cabalan.

    Suna Yoo’s son, Sangcheol, 11, reported the killings to the police.

    Investigators said the killers entered the house by removing a piece of plywood that had covered a hole in the wall intended for the room’s air conditioning unit.

    Investigators suspected that the mother and the girl were raped before they were killed. The three victims had stab wounds in their heads.

    An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the grandmother.

    “The incident is believed to have been perpetrated between midnight and 3 a.m. [Sunday] as indicated by the continuous barking of dogs around the neighborhood,” a report from the Olongapo City police said.

    The report said the family slept at around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Suna Yoo’s husband, Baek Jin Suk, was in South Korea when the attack happened.

    Suna Yoo’s father, Henry Choi, is a former contractor at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corp. at the Redondo Peninsula of the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.

    Choi, according to the police report, has been receiving death threats reportedly following the dismissal of several Filipino workers at Hanjin.

    Police said three armed men went to Choi in June to ask money.

    ^ Back to top

    ©Copyright 2001-2008 INQUIRER.net, An Inquirer Company

    I have said it before and I will keep saying it…NO ONE is safe, be they Filipino or foreigner, here in this lawless country, filled with criminals and murderers who commit crimes at will, knowing that they are either protected by the same people charged with upholding the law, or safe in the knowledge that even if they are caught, a simple bribe to the City Prosecutor's office will have them free by Happy hour and false charges will even be brought against their accusers to get back at them and to frighten the public into NOT reporting future crimes.

    Shame on you, Filipinos in government service, for allowing crimes like this to take place number one, and failing to prosecute the guilty in a reasonable amount of time, if at all. You are a disgrace to the Civilized Community of Nations and all freedom loving citizens everywhere. :cry:

  • Scott Mullen
    3:23 pm on October 7th, 2008 22

    Great website, especially enjoyed the current-day pictures of Chipyong-ni in the Heroes article. I will be in Korea in mid-October this year on business and have saved a free day to go from Seoul to the Chipyong-ni area (on Sunday 18 OCT)for a walk around.

    Never having been to Korea, can you let me know if the local residents are used to seeing Americans wandering over hill and dale? I'd like to go to the tops of some hills around Chipyong-ni and the Twin Tunnels area to take some pictures, but want to be respectful of landowner property rights and privacy.

    Is it safe to assume that, as long as you avoid trampling on someone's crops, you can generally go to high ground or wander along old battle lines to take some pictures?

    Thanks again for your great site!

    Regards,

    Scott

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    3:41 pm on October 7th, 2008 23

    Scott, thanks for visiting the site. I walked all around the hills over at Chipyong-ni and no one cared. The locals are quite aware of the historical significance of their small farming community and it is not uncommon for them to see Americans walking around the area.

    It is the same with other battle sites in Korea as well. I have never had a problem with anyone and you will see the nicest people in Korea are the ones that live in the countryside.

    Enjoy your trip to Korea.

  • John Huh
    4:05 pm on October 7th, 2008 24

    I have just read the messages contributed by Mr. Scott Mullen regarding his planned visit to Chipyong-ni on October 18th (Sat). And I have also read GI Korea's comments, assuring Mr. Muller that he will not encounter with any problems while he makes a tour of the countryside area of Chipyong-ni.

    I fully agree to GI Korea's opinions. Mr. Muller will realize the fact that the local people there are very friendly to foreign visitors particularly to the Amercan Korean-War Veterans.

    Mr GI Korea! Would you kindly inform Mr. Scott Muller that if he would need any help from me with regard to his planned visit to Chipyong-ni, I would be most pleased to help him out. You can inform him of my personal email address of so that he can communicate with me directly.

    Sincerely,

    John Huh

    Paju City, South Korea

  • Rate My Hagwon
    12:04 pm on October 27th, 2008 25

    Hi GI Korea,

    North Korea's eldest son was spotted outside a Paris hospital, presumably to recruit a neurosurgeon. Fuji Network News reports a doctor was sighted traveling courtesy the North Korean mission in Paris to Charles De Gaulle International to fly to "Beijing".

    http://ratemyhagwon.com/2008/10/28/kim-jong-il-st

  • Seoulman
    1:34 am on November 5th, 2008 26

    Having just found this site tonight, I haven't seen much of it yet. So far… very impressive! I too, have wandered much of the landscape here in Korea, Chipyong-ni included. I would recommend keeping one's eyes open for vipers in the hills. I came within 6 inhes of stepping on one!

  • booty cha nimsay
    3:15 am on November 5th, 2008 27

    I would recommend watching out for the viper's in the "villes"! Those whores will suck you dry, toss you out & screw your first sergent while you are out in field. Pop them then toss them. If you like the slant eye girls get one that is home grown!

  • Dennis
    3:07 am on November 12th, 2008 28

    Great Site!

    I was staioned at Kamp Kyle in 94.

    What ever happened to the units that where on the now-closed bases?

  • booty cha nimsay
    10:26 am on November 12th, 2008 29

    Hey there all!!

    Does anyone have any photos o fthe ville outside the back gate at Camp Stanley? Even better still a contact that is still there at Stanley ville? I wouldlike to see if an old friend of mine is still there and maybe get some intel on an x-wife I left there back in 1995.

    Thanks!

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    11:29 pm on November 12th, 2008 30

    Hi, here is an older posting I did that has video footage of Stanleyville:

    http://rokdrop.com/2008/01/31/comparing-red-light

    Unfortunately I no longer know anyone that lives in Stanleyville though.

    Thanks for visiting the site.

  • Jeff
    4:46 am on November 21st, 2008 31

    Thought you might like this link
    http://oldbluejacket.com/korea.htm

    Jeff Forquer

    US Army 1983-2007

  • John Huh
    1:09 pm on November 21st, 2008 32

    Hi Jeff! Hello GI Korea! How are you both gentleman doing?

    Thank you Jeff for sharing with us the precious video of the Korean War. When the Korean War was broken out in June 1950, I was 8 years old boy, attending the elementary school at the town I raised (a small town near Taegu City, South Korea) as a 1st grader of the school, but I still vividly remember the pityful scene of the badly wounded American soldies being evacuated by hospital trains.

    As my late father was a railroad station master at the town (Hayang) I lived, I could notice the actual scene of the Korean War as a little boy.

    Twenty years later in the period of 1973 -1976 this little boy had become one of the members of Korean Liaison Officers despatched to the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea. I served at the Pusan Garrison Command, Camp Hialiah in Pusan and the 51st Signal Battalion in Camp Red Cloud in Uijongbu, being in the position of the actual officer-in-charge for administrating KATUSA personnel there. I discharged from the army in December 1976 as a captain.

    I still feel it my highest honor to have that precious opportunity of serving for the United States Army shoulder by shoulder with my America soldier friends.

    Jeff! Could you please send the video to my email address at; ? I think that the Ministry of Defense ROK and the Military Academy may not have that kind of video. So, I just want to forward that precious historic video to these military organizations in South Korea as these day Korean War seems to be "forgotton" war also to the young generation here.

    These young generations (particularly some of the spoiled ones who shout "GI! Go Home!" on the street having riotic acts) should know how the American soldiers had sacrificed their valuable lives to save South Korean people during the chaotic war — .

    I salute to the the American heros who rested in peace at the Cemetry in Washington D.C. and in Pusan, South Korea.

    Most sincerely,

    John (Myong) Huh

    Retired Captain

    Paju City, South Korea

  • Ratemyhagwon
    9:33 pm on December 8th, 2008 33

    Merry Christmas RokDrop! Here's a blast from the past!

    http://ratemyhagwon.com/2008/12/09/cbs-christmas-

  • Seoulman
    7:27 pm on December 11th, 2008 34

    @ Ratemyhagwon:

    Thanks for the link. That's an absolutely amazing video.

  • I would rather be a
    5:29 pm on December 30th, 2008 35

    You may have read this already, thought it was an interesting read…

    http://www.military.com/news/article/army-news/arhttp://www.army.mil/-news/2008/12/29/15462-armist

  • Matt
    12:12 am on February 12th, 2009 36

    Jeff,

    I was stationed at a place down the road from Stanley called Camp Indian in 1990, which was right next to Northstar range. Not much there now except the fenceline, the building foundations, and good memories. However, I was just up there (2007) doing some hiking and stopped in at the ville outside the back gate of Stanley and can tell you that it doesn't seem to have changed too much. I'll be back there later this year and can be sure to take some pictures if you remind me about it.

  • roboseyo
    1:30 pm on April 6th, 2009 37

    Hi, GI Korea. I'm looking for your old post about how to bring down the Kim Jong-il regime without firing a weapon, a post I consider a must-read piece of analysis on North Korea military strategy, but I can't find it by searching. Care to lend a hand with a url?

    roboseyo[at]gmail[dot]com

  • roboseyo
    8:40 pm on April 6th, 2009 38

    sorry my bad: I found the article at One Free Korea.

  • from ohio
    6:57 am on April 13th, 2009 39

    I have heard this so many times, employers threaten employees with all sorts of retaliatory measures if employee wants to leave, they hire you because their loan or contract or franchise wants a native speaker, but they don't want native speakers. Koreans only take, they are not really honest they think the world owes them. Sorry

  • vasily
    1:41 am on June 30th, 2009 40

    About Camp Indian, I was the instalation coordinator camp Stanly 2001 to 2003, retired left there in 08. That Ville used to be some fun. 17 clubs, now only a few survive. Its name is kosan Dong village, Uijongbu

    I will get back there, I have plent of pictures of it and the river that comes out fo the canyon there. great BBQ and swimming ponds up the mountain.

  • Matt
    2:39 am on June 30th, 2009 41

    J,

    I'm heading back to Korea in about 10 days and although I'll be stationed down in Daegu, I'm sure with exercises and such, that I'll get up that way eventually. You can contact me and matthew.kiger@us.army.mil if you want me to hunt down your friends while I'm there.

  • Matt
    2:42 am on June 30th, 2009 42

    I'll be back in Korea in 10 days, though heading down south. If you want, I'm sure I'll get back up north with exercises and such. Give me any contact information, locations of your friends and I'll see if I can find them. My address is matthew.kiger@us.army.mil.

  • Jeff
    3:37 am on June 30th, 2009 43

    Matt,

    Did you go to camp stanley ville? Did you take photos or vid? i would love to see them.

  • Jeff
    3:41 am on June 30th, 2009 44

    Vasily,

    I would love to see your pics of camp stanley ville (kosan Dong village, Uijongbu ). if i wanted to track some one down that lives or lived there i wonder how i could do that? hope to see those photos, thanks.

  • Kalani
    4:25 pm on July 26th, 2009 45

    Jon,

    Sent you an email on instructions for access for commentary. Been missing from your site for a long time after the crash on my site — and then involvement in another web chronicle project.

    Thinking of putting in a historical series on Osan AB and Songtan in the 1960s with a lot of Korean commentary. It'll be a long series as I'll have to chop it into pieces because of the photos — before and now shots.

    But as my computers got fried in virus attacks, I lost all the previous emails on how to enter the site and password.

    Please check your email.

    Kalani

  • KOREAN WARGAMES :: HISTORY OF THE WAR : : October : : 2009
    3:31 pm on October 10th, 2009 46

    [...] http://rokdrop.com/about/ [...]

  • JXL26
    5:49 am on October 22nd, 2009 47

    Jake also enlists the help of an army general in the area, General Doubleday, and the auxiliary Animorphs, to form a distraction. ,

  • Sgt Robert Ames (Ret
    7:48 am on November 13th, 2009 48

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I served two tours in the 2nd MP Co, 1990-1992, 1993-1994.I worked at Camp Casey, Howze, Pelham and Stanley at various times. I was a desk sergeant at Camp Casey and patrol supervisor down in the ville on may occasions. Some of the best times I had in the MP Corp was in that ville(on and off duty). I have had a good chuckle reading the stories about the "girls" down range. Many times we MPs had to break up fights and "Short time" disputes between G.I.s and the "bar girls". I will never forget the fresh turtles from the turtle farm drinking Sojo for the first time and dragging these poor souls back to camp. This is going to be one of my favorite sites. Thanks a million. "2nd to none".

  • Jeff
    4:51 am on November 17th, 2009 49

    I was at Stanley during 93-94. got any photos or videos from the ville? i am trying ro remember the name of the club that one of my "girl friends" worked in.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    12:38 pm on November 17th, 2009 50

    Jeff, check out these links about Camp Stanley:
    http://rokdrop.com/2007/07/18/a-profile-of-usfk-c
    http://rokdrop.com/2008/01/31/comparing-red-light
    http://rokdrop.com/2008/08/26/a-pictorial-history

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:36 pm on December 10th, 2009 51

    Hi GI. I was wondering, do have the capability to allow italics, bold, underlines and strikeout on your comments section? It would be _VERY_ useful.

    Anyway just wondering. Keep up the great job!

  • JoeC
    8:12 pm on December 10th, 2009 52

    Let's try.

    bold

    italics

    underline

    strike through

  • JoeC
    8:13 pm on December 10th, 2009 53

    Bold and italics works.

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:23 pm on December 10th, 2009 54

    Cool. But what's the trick. Is it html or BBcode or something?

    TEST

    TEST

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:26 pm on December 10th, 2009 55

    Aha! Well hell. I wish I had known that. I thought I'd get filter owned if I used HTML. So hmmm. I wonder how to pull off an underline or a <DEL>strike through</DEL>…

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:28 pm on December 10th, 2009 56

    Got it. Just need underline. Thanks JoeC. Never thought to just try it…

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    12:23 am on December 11th, 2009 57

    I will have to look and see if there any WordPress plugins out there that can be installed to do that.

  • George F. Drake
    6:33 pm on December 14th, 2009 58

    CHRISTMAS WITH KOREAN ORPHANS 1950 – 1954

    If you are interested in reading how the UN Forces Korea treated the kids at Christmas time back during the Korean War go to my web site

    My web site has 1,500 pages of photos and stories of how we servicemen and women related to the children of Korea during the war. We who served in Korea in those terrible years(all GIs, men and women, all units) saved the lives of over 10,000 children, helped support more than 54,000 in over 400 orphanages mostly built or repaired by our servicemen. Over 500,000 [that is not a typo it reads FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND] children died in that war. The web site is "Dedicated To those we could not save."

    George F. Drake,

  • George F. Drake
    6:38 pm on December 14th, 2009 59

    My web site URL did not print so let me try again www-dot-koreanchildren-dot-org-

    my e mail is gdrake at nas dot org

    gfdrake

  • limdongcheol
    12:21 pm on May 4th, 2010 60

    An impressive site which I have just made a link to. Well done. PS. I too am ex forces -UK – 15 years service.

  • todez
    2:48 am on May 26th, 2010 61

    I am asking for your help in a search for information. I found several reels of film that my grandparents had taken in Korea in the 1950’s, but there was very little information as to where the films were made. I know the trip started in early October of 1954. I am hoping thatsomeone could help me identify the places that appear in the films, as well as other schools, churches and institutions.

    I have put all of the film up on YouTube. I have included the links to each clip below and ask if you could take a look at the films, in the hopes that you would recognize some of the churches, refugee camps, hotels and cities they visited, which are in the dozens. Someone may also know some people in the films, though it is from so long ago. If you could note the time of the film for any place you recognize, that would be very helpful.

    Any help that you could give me in my search would be very much appreciated!

    reel 2 003 Unknown 1950's Japan, Taiwan or Korea Church
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqOqjrwFCUY
    reel 2 004 Unknown 1950's Korea World Church Service & Refugee Camp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM8ULZJkShw
    reel 2 005 Unknown Korean Churhes-Cities @ Hope, Inc Orphanage, – Korea Church World Service – Freedom Gate Bridge
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRhqypICI84
    reel 2 006 Unknown Churches-Orphanages-Eden Home Church World Service-ASN Olsons Charity Hospital – Uknown Post Chapel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_LG7bIPOG4
    l

    reel 2 010 1950's Taiwan Unknown Churches, Temples, Cities-Hotels-Golden Dragon-CWS @ Taiwan & Luthern World Service – Taiwan

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    12:16 am on May 28th, 2010 62

    I have a posting up where I do my best to identify the various locations in the videos. I hope this helps:

    http://rokdrop.com/2010/05/27/help-needed-indenti

  • Orbit
    12:41 pm on October 13th, 2010 63

    G.I.Korea, who are you anyway? I'm talking about your rank, your career, and your association with Korea if there's any.

    You keep deleting my post without explanation but you never delete any post that degrades Korea.

  • Jeffrey Miller
    3:17 pm on November 20th, 2010 64

    Just wanted to give you a heads up that my Korean War novel War Remains has been published at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29571 and will be coming out in paperback and hardback editions later this month.

  • Maria Rosa
    3:56 am on December 7th, 2010 65

    Any updates on Michelle Rhee re the sex scandal and child abuse allegations? she is now working for StudentsFirst, collecting money from philanthropist to influence elections with candidates supporting privatizing public schools. Just wonder if the allegations prevented her from working directly with children in public schools or is she employable anymore due to those reasons?

    Also, my dad was a Korean War veteran and would like to know what's the best source of information as far as the American soldiers who went there, my dad recruited from Puerto Rico more specifically soldiers recruited from this island.

  • Glans
    7:58 am on December 7th, 2010 66

    Maria Rosa 65, I am completely unaware of sex scandal and child abuse allegations in connection with Michelle Rhee. Perhaps you could provide an update.

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    9:47 am on December 7th, 2010 67

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  • Tim Lee
    4:05 pm on February 7th, 2011 70

    I liked your 25 posts on your favorite things about Korea. It is refreshing to see some foreign perspective about my homeland. I have found that my experience of Korea is similar yet slightly different from foreign visitors to Korea, as I have barely lived in Korea myself.

    FYI, I was until recently a KATUSA, which I'm sure you have heard about, since you were a GI in Korea.

    I will keep your site bookmarked and check out your future posts.

    If you would care to take a look at my blog (also to do with Korea), the link is http://timleewritingcafe.blogspot.com/

    @64 Jeffrey Miller: When I saw your name, I thought you were my former first sergeant when I was a KATUSA in Korea. You guys have the same name. Anyways, I will take a look at what your novel is about, as I am interested in writing a novel as well.

    Thanks.

    -Tim

  • Duffy
    4:21 am on July 19th, 2011 71

    Been a long time since I have commented on Rok Drop. I have felt a bit at a loss as things have changed in Korea so much since the 70s and early 80s. MBC America just pissed me off tonight as they showed the red neck of a Korean who had been grabbed by a GI. They had allot to say about the way GI were acting in their country. Guess that was the only marked neck in Korea that day. Fuck THat!! On the other hand I asked my Korean friend in Korea who is 36 and has a business what the fuck is up? He tells me GI’s ask their women to dance when they are drunk. i say they because everybody drinks in Korea but the Koreans seem to dislike Americans from even asking them to dance now days.. This is fucking sad but I’m over it. Why the fuck do we hang out where we are not wanted? Why will the Korean women treat the same men who’s fathers loved and married many Korean women who were good,, now act like they are better than Westerners? Am I wrong? Did it take me a year of totally researching this and finding Korean people in contempt of American soldiers and teachers wrong? I doubt it. LOOK I haven’t seen any westerners in any of Korea’s vacation spots.( his is observed on television) Hell fuck no! The Koreans want those places to themselves? Tell me am i wrong. I want to be but if what I’m saying is more than 60% true we need to get the fuck out. They do not want to treat us friendly why stay in military manner. They are better without us in many of the Korean peoples opinions. AM I wrong? Tell me. Can a GI even date a Korean Girl these days? Is there anything fun for a GI to do in the time they spend in Korea? I mean its not a war zone supposedly but it isn’t any picnic either. They got on their feet and have done what they have done all through history. Feel igger and better than other’s? Let their politicians run amuck. (And i am no saying our politicians are not amuck ) But hey we are younger country and we have fought for this country. Party’s over! From what I see they do not want anything to do with you if you are not Korean. Korean TV has 99.9% Koreans and .01% a stupid loud mouth western lady married to Korean guy. Freaks me out. What happened? How much shit do we take? Am I wrong? At this point I am not wasting any money to see Korea one place I wanted to love forever. South Korea has broke my heart. So what huh. I am a sentimental idiot American Fool. Korean women seem boring now though my wife and I have great marriage still. My wife is Korean and wondering what the fuck is going on in Korea also. Korean Tv sucks so fucing bad. No imagination. every story the same as the last with slight variance. cmon, No need for awards there. Looks like Korea really digs in with the stubborn side. Please tell me I’m wrong. Maybe Im Just freaking out. Tell me my eyes deceive me, and that Korea is still full of people that love Americans. Tell me its not true that they expect GI’s to act as if they were born and raised in Korea and tell me I’m wrong that it’s not the most boring place anyone could go on vacation unless your Korean. Tell me if they actually want us there. Then if you cant please tell me why the fuck we put up with their crap. We are the ones to fix this BS and if we cant why stay? Let them stalemate with their own stubborn and Crazy family in the North for the next 500 years. China will have their ass whether we are there or not. Tell me GI’s still love Korea and that i am wrong about this. Not because its what I want to hear but because its true. if you cant then tell me why the fuck we bother if anyone can.

  • Duffy
    4:27 am on July 19th, 2011 72

    Then again you could just dump my post . That would not be a first. I did hit some very touchy spots and believe me I wasnt happy about it. Its just the way it is and this further proves it.

  • ChickenHead
    6:04 am on July 19th, 2011 73

    Duffy,

    In some ways you are right… and in some ways you are wrong… but mostly, things just changed.

    GIRLS: In the last 10 years, a lot more English teachers have come to Korea so the “exotic” foreign man is no longer exotic…

    …and, with much more exposure to foreigners and much more overseas travel, foreign men no longer have that aura of mystery which allows a Korean girl to believe he is the perfect example of her ideal Hollywood-inspired stereotype.

    GIs are even lower down on this scale for a number of self-created reasons… such as partying in large and loud groups, dressing gangsta (which doesn’t attract most Korean girls), acting like 2011 Korea is 1968 Vietnam when it comes to talking to girls, etc.

    There are plenty of perpetually third-world Asian nations where one can recapture the warm glow of cheap and easy female attention (at any age)…

    …but Korea, in many ways, is MORE developed than America right now. Korean girls neither want nor need a white knight to take them away from misery, poverty, or an increasingly less-restrictive social environment.

    While this is bad for horny GIs, this is good for Korea. Be happy for Korea.

    WANTING AMERICA: If one were to believe the American news, the economy is great, everyone wants more taxes, and the election between Carter and Reagan is going to be close. But we know that is all manufactured bull.

    It is the same in Korea. While there are those who resent America, and those who are vocal about it, and a media which stirs it up rather than report on government corruption or corporate mis-action, the average Korea really doesn’t care… and, even if it comes to his attention, he does nothing about it in the same way Americans do nothing about all the horrible stuff going on right now… except to get angry during the commercial break until Dancing With the Stars comes on. Educated and high-status Koreans fully grasp the benefits of an American presence and support it.

    Keep in mind, biitchers and shyt-stirrers are louder than those who approve or don’t care. It is the same in the States for many, many issues. The media gives them all the attention and distorts reality.

    ENTERTAINMENT: While the music/drama/TV show scene is aiming for the lowest common denominator, the Korean movie industry is producing some high-quality products… contrasted with America where the movies suck worse and worse each year but cable TV makes some quality entertainment… although American pop music sucks just as bad.

    In the end, relax. You can love Korea again… and you would be made to feel welcome by the vast majority of Koreans you came across.

    Don’t let inevitable (positive) change, crappy pop entertainment, and media distortions get you down.

    Korea is a great place to live and the overwhelming majority of Koreans are kind and respectful toward Americans (especially if one attempts to display good manners).

  • Avatar of USinKoreaUSinKorea
    7:13 am on July 19th, 2011 74

    71

    This is more for 2002 than today.

    I used to have a website dedicated to coverig the anti-USFK/US attitude in South Korea, but nobody outside of Korea had a chance to know about it, but I took the site down about 2 years ago, because it appeared from afar that things had changed somewhat for the better, and then when I came back to Korea about that time, it appeared the changes were real.

    I’ve paid attention to these issues, and documented them, since the late 1990s.

    My sense today is that the latest generations – coming of age in the late 1990s and early 2000s – have moved beyond the socio-political culture of “Divided Korea” and “Authoritarianism” that dominated the South until perhaps the early 2000s.

    I think South Korea’s material wealth finally settled in. Somewhat like Chickenhead described.

    Let me put it this way, at this time, it looks to me like the election of Pres. Roh was the last hurrah for nostalgic South Korean American-like hippies or baby-boomers trying to hold onto the heyday of the Korean 1960s (which for Korea was the 1980s). Their children, however, have seemed to move on and care more about their daily lives and futures than fighting for a democracy and material prosperity they already have…

    I’m not saying things are all peaches and cream in Korea in relation to the US. You still see elements of the culture that produced 2002.

    But there has been noticable improvement.

  • Duffy
    1:41 am on July 20th, 2011 75

    I very much appreciate the in depth explanations you both gave me. And CH, I know how young American men can be these days with the gangsta stupidity and get what your saying about the Asian war attitude. WTF? They are fucking up something good then if the girls want to be respected and recognized for the inteligence they have. Also I sort of hear you both saying its a bit of Korean people basking in their progress. But still allot of us loved Korea because they liked us and loved us also. Well they needed GI money then just to build. Times do change.

    I am a bit out of sorts but feel much better after hearing you both report the facts knowing you both have been there for long periods of time and you know whats up. GI you seem to have the pulse of Korea also. A long look, and you have watched things change for twenty years nearly. CH, seems you been thre a long time also back and forth for many years. You having some fun in Korea on occasion makes me feel good. Thanks I really needed to hear what both you have said. I will tell my wife Korea is still what ya make of it. Well somewhat anyway. Korean Girls then will date Western men maybe, if they like the way the guy treats her, and if he doesnt act like an idiot. Thats good. Hell the girls I remember, really worth dating were like that when I was there. There was just allot of girls who were in bad situations back then, and Korean men didnt want them as they had been around Americans so they tried to find an American that would love them. Shit. That did not always happen!! Far from it. Seems like allot of these young people are being educated now. Really dont want to see South Korea torn apart from the inside as it has happened so many times before. Like your saying GI, the young are used to what they have, though what they have hasnt been there very long, it feels natural to them. Forgotten or unlearned history repeats itself.
    So You guys are sort of saying if we act decent we will for the most part be teated the same. Damn our sister really ended up being hurtfull. I mean my wifes sister. she is back in Korea now at 53 as she refused to learn anything American. We tried so damn hard. She was pleasant but she broke my wifes heart and cost me over 7K then she just one day said I cant live in America after making plans and spendingmy money on attorney etc. but she never did learn a word of English after nearly a year. She refused to try. That made us wonder. We see now that was a personal situation. Though she constantly cited everthing we did was “better and cheaper in Korea” She set a very bad example for our kids who both still miss her, though they are old enough and seen she would not try.

    Its good that things are better for Korean people in general. Some of them really had it bad when we were there. Anyway, I hope many of the girls are just as deeply good as in earlier days but educated and more picky. Once that girl love you its a very good thing for her and the person she loves. And she makes it so easy to love her back. Thats how it was and is with my wife and I. I know the shizzle getting thick. Im ouuta here. Thanks again

  • Duffy
    1:45 am on July 20th, 2011 76

    GI, My Post is lost.

  • Avatar of USinKoreaUSinKorea
    1:51 am on July 20th, 2011 77

    75 – Substitute words for the explitives and comments won’t go automatically to moderation. I generally let GI Korea make the decision on those posts.

  • Chris Hiler
    11:44 am on July 25th, 2011 78

    Duffy
    I would like top hear from you at hiler8@gmail.com I’m curious to know when you where there..for how long and what it is about Korea that got your attention? I was there in 1983 and am still trying to catch up and wrap my brain around how things changed there in the early 2000-2002 time frame.

  • Chris Hiler
    11:59 am on July 25th, 2011 79

    uggh s/b “to” not “top” I always see my typos right AFTER I hit the enter key.

  • Chris Hiler
    5:26 pm on July 27th, 2011 80

    USinKorea,

    In your post #74 you mention the year 2002 a few times. Sounds like it was a low point for Korean/USFK relations?
    I’m unclear as to what the significance of 2002 is.

    Duffy’s post #71 shows some of the anguish I was also feeling while catching up on the scene in Korea. But he has much more exposure and motive then I do.

  • KOREAN AMERICAN
    7:36 am on August 4th, 2011 81

    Dear GI KOREA,

    Thanks for this website.

    GI KOREA, sometime in 2010 or 2009 I wrote a comment on one of your threads and I signed of as “KOREAN AMERICAN.” I now see that wasn’t the best choice of a name – I have been trying to find that comment but have failed to do so.

    Would it at all be possible for you to do a search, as you are the owner/administrator of the website? I don’t even remember specifically the thread where I posted that comment, other than that I was speaking about how Koreans think/act, from the perspective of an overseas Korean.

    If this is possible, and you do find the comment, please send me an email. This is a serious request and I am not a sock puppet. Thanks very much, and thanks for your service to both the US military and the people of the ROK (even those who hate Americans – they should remember 1950).

  • kangaji
    11:15 am on August 4th, 2011 82

    Should be easy to query the SQL database by username

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:55 am on August 5th, 2011 83

    @81 – I just sent you an e-mail in reply to your question.

  • KOREAN AMERICAN
    6:53 am on August 5th, 2011 84

    GI Korea, I apologize but I didn’t get it – what I did get was an email notification that there was a new comment.

    Would you be so kind as to please re-send the email?

    Thanks.

  • HANDO
    1:15 pm on August 10th, 2011 85

    Good to find a place to look, learn, and comment. I left Korea in June 2010 and have been trying to locate my personal tailor. His tailor shop is across (may a half a block down the street) from the main gate at Camp Casey. I think it is called DNF Tailor or Chung’s. I lost his business card and can not find it. Help pls.

  • Chris Hiler
    12:56 pm on August 25th, 2011 86

    I am a vet of USFK and will be going back to college this spring to become certified in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. I’m interested in hearing from anyone who has knowledge about any need in the Army or VA for a person who has this certification, thanks

    SPC4 Hiler
    hiler8@gmail.com

  • cynthia durand
    9:58 pm on November 8th, 2011 87

    Well oh my,I did not even realize I was on a Korean site.Not that it matters,only wanted to put my input in about the military benefits being that were proposing to be changed.Well found it to be very informative and interesting.Great site. ;-)

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    5:10 am on November 10th, 2011 88

    Cynthia thanks for visiting the site. We discuss plenty of military related issues on this site as well as Korea topics. With the large number of prior and current military that read the site it can often be quite informative. Thanks once again for reading.

  • ssgroc
    9:22 pm on January 14th, 2012 89

    I was stationed in Korea at Liberty bell from 75-76 with the 1st 31st mech Infantry,then from 78-79 at Hovey with the 1st 38th Inf…I am grateful for this site as it has taken me down memory lane,keep up the fire and continue to inform…much regards

  • Tina Shriner
    3:42 pm on July 30th, 2012 90

    Your website is not legit & is full of lies! It also disguises itself as being truthful and representing Korean culture…give me a break!!! This is a racist website that propagates lies and distorts the truth to make Koreans look bad and make legitimize Japanese war atrocities during WW2.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:47 pm on July 30th, 2012 91

    90. /???

    Off your medication again?

  • Tim C
    8:13 pm on September 6th, 2012 92

    Duffy, ChickenHead and others. I was at Casey for 16 months 75 thru 76. Spent 20+ active. In the past year my work has taken me back to DongDuCheon three times. The place blows me away. I took a number of ‘now and then’ photos I’d like to share if I can find the mechanism. It is amazing how much the place grew up. The ‘path’ headed up hill 754 is developed. The moutains are now covered with forest and not the scrawny trees I used to hike through. Munsan-ni has high rise buildings – as does most everyplace else on flat ground south of the river – and the bridge there looks good covered with white paint.
    In some places areas on the mountains are being leveled to allow for buildings. Super highways continue to be built.
    It is an hour and a half (+) drive from Inchon airport (which didn’t exist – we used Osan or Kimpo) to DongDuCheon due to the congestion.

    There is a rice paddy from time to time.

    That all said, there is still the very apparent separation between those who have and those who do not and the hooches surrounding the ville are still there – with shoes sitting in the outside the door. The charcoal under-floor heating systems are still operational in these neighborhoods. The back alley shortcuts to 2d Market are still there and the market still smells the same, only it is now under cover.

    A block from 2d market there is a four lane where bright lights shine on modern shops that one could find on Jefferson Ave in Grosse Pointe.

    My point to the rambling – we were were successful. Our service and sacrifices on the penninsula long ago has made a difference for the better.

    Korea is a good place. I miss the friends I made there remember fondly my experiences.

    My thanks to whomever owns this site and has allowed me to post.

    Hooah

  • kelly siefkas
    11:45 am on September 11th, 2013 93

    While reading the blogs I cam across a couple of people I used to know, is it possible to contact them through this site? Thanks

  • Bill Streifer
    5:01 pm on February 7th, 2014 94

    I receive ROK posts, and that’s great. But for the life of me, I have no idea how to post my own Korea / North Korea – related photos. (and I have many) Please answer here or contact me directly. I’m completely stumped.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:53 pm on February 7th, 2014 95

    @94- Pictures cannot be uploaded in the comments. What you can do if you have an interesting picture to share is to email it to me and I can post it. Another option is to open a free account to upload pictures on Flickr.com. After uploading a picture you can leave a link in the comments section for everyone to see the picture.

  • John Nowell
    12:25 am on March 9th, 2014 96

    GI Korea, USinKorea and Bill Jempty:

    Thanks for the effort you all go to in sharing info about Korea to the rest of us. I only just got on your website recently and have posted a few comments. Some of my comments were to posting several years earlier as I hadn’t seen them and only just posted those comments.

    regards to all.

 

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